In Bihar, the notification for the third phase of assembly elections was issued today for 78 assembly constituencies spread over 15 districts.
The polling will be held on 7th of November in this phase. The last date of filing for nomination is 20th October. Scrutiny will be held on the next day and the last date of withdrawal of candidature is 23rd October.
The notification was also issued for bye- poll of Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha constituency. For the Lok Sabha bye-poll all the poll processes and deadlines will be the same as the Third Phase.
So far, 123 nominations have been filed in the second phase of elections. The prominent candidates who submitted their nominations today are State co operative minister Rana Randhir Singh from Madhuban assembly constituency. Former DGP rank officer Sunil Kumar submitted his nominations from Bhore assembly constituency as JD(U) nominee.
After BJP, the ruling JD(U) today also took stern actions against its rebel candidates. The party expelled its 15 party officials including sitting MLA Dadan Pahalwan, former minister Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha, former MLA Sumit Kumar Singh and Ranvijay Kumar. Most of them are contesting against the authorized candidates of NDA.
The elections campaigning is gaining momentum in the first phase poll bound assembly segments.
AIR correspondent reports, JD(U) president and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addressed rallies through virtual mode. Mr Kumar said if voted to power he will start the second version of Saat Nischay scheme. He alleged that the Grand Alliance has no agenda of development.
Senior BJP leader Bhpuendra Yadav and Sushil Kumar Modi also addressed ground rallies in support of NDA candidates.
Mr Modi claimed that for the further development the leadership of Nitish Kumar is necessary for Bihar.
On the other hand RJD leader and chief ministerial candidate of Grand Alliance Tejaswi Prasad Yadav blamed that Nitish Kumar led government has failed to address the problems of the state. Mr Yadav alleged that problems like death due to starvation, migration for work and poverty still persist.