Jharkhand Party, a political party in India. The party was founded on March 5, 1949 at a large conference in Ranchi. Jaipal Singh was elected president and Idsen Deba general secretary. JKP grew out of the demand for a separate Jharkhand state. The party fared well in the 1952 elections, and got three MPs elected. In 1963 JKP merged with Indian National Congress. The merger was quite unpopular amongst the party ranks, and a variety of splinter groups, were formed, many of the claiming the name of JKP. On January 8, 2009, JKP candidate from Patar defeated sitting Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Shibu Soren by over 9,000 votes.