In Bihar, the first phase of polling passed off peacefully in 35 naxal infested constituencies. In the remaining 36 constituency polling is underway amidst tight security. Polling will conclude at 6 evening.
Around 46.29 percent of eligible voters excercised their franchise till 3 p.m. This is the first election in the country amid COVID pandemic situation. Thermal screening of all persons is being carried out and sanitizers have been made available at all locations during polling.
All polling booths have been sanitized.
Over 2.14 crore electorate will decide fate of 1,066 candidates. Political fortunes of eight Cabinet Ministers including Prem Kumar, Ram Narayan Mandal and Jai Kumar Singh will be decided in this phase. In NDA, BJP is contesting on 29 seats, JD(U) 35 and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) six seats. The Vikas Sheel Insaan Party (VIP) has fielded one candidate.
Among the Grand Alliance partners, RJD is contesting on 42 seats, while Congress has fielded 21 candidates. The CPI-ML has eight candidates in fray. Besides, LJP has fielded 42 candidates while RLSP on 43 and BSP on 27 seats.
This phase is crucial for RJD, as the party had bagged 27 seats in 2015 Assembly elections. JD(U) won 18 seats while BJP 13 and Congress nine seats. Elections are being held in three phases for the 243-member Bihar Assembly.
Apart from the 71 seats that are going to polls today, 94 seats will go to polls in the Second Phase on 3rd of November and 78 seats in the Third Phase on 7th of November. Counting of votes will be taken up on 10th of November.