Polling began in seventy-one assembly constituencies of Bihar at 7am on Wednesday in first phase of the state's 3-phase assembly election. Over 1,000 candidates are in the fray for this phase. This election is India's first after the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in March. The election commission has directed all polling booths to follow Covid-19 guidelines during voting and counting of votes. Election results will be announced on November 10. Click here for full coverage of Bihar Assembly Election 2020
The opposition grand alliance comprising the RJD, Congress, CPI, CPI(M) and CPI(ML) will take on the ruling NDA comprising the JD(U), BJP, Vikassheel Insaan Party and Hindustani Awam Morcha. RJD's Tejashwi Yadav is the opposition Mahagathbandhan's chief ministerial candidate while chief minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar will fight for the ruling alliance to keep his post.
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Voter turnout of 46.29% as been recorded till 3 pm
In the first phase of polling in Bihar during the state assembly elections, the voter turnout of 46.29% was recorded at 3 pm.
Amid phase one polling, top leaders address rallies for second phase
Top leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressing rallies in Bihar for second phase of voting on November 3.
NDA will easily win around 50 out of 71 seats in first phase, says ex-Bihar CM Manjhi
Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi casts his vote at a polling booth in Gaya. Says that NDA will comfortably win nearly 50 out of 71 seats that have gone to polls in first phase.
33.10% voting in first phase of polling till 1pm
A voter turnout of 33.10% as been recorded till 1pm in the first phase of the Bihar assembly polls.
ITBP jawans help specially-abled and aged voters to reach poll booth
Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans helping specially-abled and aged voters to reach polling booths in Nawada district.
41,689 ballot units deployed in 31,371 polling stations in Bihar: Election Commission
In 31,371 polling stations in Bihar during the first phase of Assembly elections, 41,689 ballot units, 31,371 control units and 31,371 VVPATs have been deployed. As of 10am, 0.18% ballot units, 0.26% control units and 0.53% VVPATs have been replaced: Election Commission of India
Voter turnout of 18.48% registered till 11am
18.48% voter turnout recorded till 11am. 71 of Bihar's 243 assembly constituencies voting today.
Election Commission orders FIR against Bihar minister Prem Kumar
The Election Commission has ordered registration of an FIR against BJP leader and Bihar agriculture minister Prem Kumar for casting his vote wearing a mask with his party's symbol on it.
Voters of Balgudar village in Lakhisarai district boycott elections
Voters in Balgudar village in Bihar;s Lakhisarai district boycott elections as booth number 115 wears deserted look. "Villagers are not voting as they're protesting against the construction of a museum on a playground," says presiding officer.
Heart attack claims polling agent's life in Nawada
A polling agent ,identified as Krishna Singh, dies due to heart attack at Phulma booth in Hisua assembly segment in Nawada district.
65-year-old voter dies while standing in queue in Sasaram
65-year-old voter, identified as, Heera Mahto, reportedly died after getting unconscious while standing in a queue at a polling station in Sasaram assembly seat.
Bihar minister and BJP leader arrives to vote wearing mask
Bihar agriculture minister and BJP leader Prem Kumar arrives wearing a mask to cast his vote.
6.74% voting till 9am in 37 of 71 constituencies in seven districts
Total voting at 6.74% in 37 out of 71 constituencies till 9am. Seats spread across seven districts: Rohtas (6.52%), Arwal (5.10%), Jahanabad (6.33%), Aurangabad (11.47%), Gaya (7.01%), Nawada (7.67%) and Jamui (6.32%).
BJP Jamui candidate Shreyasi Singh casts vote
BJP's candidate from Jamui, international shooter Shreyasi Singh, casts vote.
First published: Oct 28, 2020 05:50 IST