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Bihar Poll Updates: 55.69 per cent voter turnout in first phase of polls

While Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has been in office since 2005, and is seeking another five-year term, recent days have seen him lose cool on being heckled by a section of crowd at his rallies. Besides RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav, he also been repeatedly targeted by Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Chirag Paswan.

By hindustantimes.com | Updated: Oct 29, 2020 22:08 IST
Bihar Poll Updates: 55.69 per cent voter turnout in first phase of polls
A woman casting her vote in first phase of Bihar assembly elections 2020 (HT Photos)

The 2020 Bihar assembly elections formally began on Wednesday as polling in first of three phases took place, with 53.54% of voters casting their votes, till 6pm. A total of 71 constituencies spread across 16 districts of Bihar went to polls in the first phase. 94 will go to polls in the second phase on November 3 while 78 will vote in the third and final phase on November 7. Counting of votes and result announcement is scheduled to take place on November 10.

Bihar has a total of 243 constituencies

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The day also witnessed rallies for the second phase of elections by leaders like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav. Yadav is the chief ministerial face of his party-led opposition coalition, the Mahagathbandhan, which also comprises the Congress and the Left parties. Chief minister Nitish Kumar, meanwhile, is the candidate of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which comprises, among others, PM Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Kumar-led Janata Dal(United).

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10:08 PM IST

At poll rally, chief minister Nitish Kumar supports population-proportionate reservation

Chief minister Nitish Kumar Thursday backed population-based reservation for castes, but said it can only be implemented after census data is available. Addressing a poll rally at Valmiki Nagar, he also attacked the RJD over its record on law and order, and ridiculed Tejashwi Yadavs promise of 10 lakh jobs, reports PTI.

09:12 PM IST

55.69 per cent voter turnout in first phase of polls

The first phase of the Assembly elections in Bihar recorded 55.69 per cent voter turnout, the Election Commission said on Thursday.

A total of 71 assembly constituencies of Bihar went to polls on Wednesday in the first of the three-phase elections, reports PTI.

06:56 PM IST

Firing, lathicharge on devotees in Munger done at behest of Bihar govt: Congress

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala on Thursday alleged that firing and lathi-charge on devotees of Maa Durga in Munger were done at the behest of Nitish Kumar-Sushil Modi government, reports ANI.

05:49 PM IST

Bihar Police conducts flag march against vandalisation of SDO, SP office in Munger

The Bihar Police conducted a flag march in Munger on Thursday after a mob vandalised the office of Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) and Superintendent of Police (SP) while protesting against a man's death during Durga idol immersion clashes on October 26, reports ANI.

03:51 PM IST

Election Commission orders removal of SP, DM of Munger over clashes in district, inquiry ordered

The Election Commission of India (ECI) ordered the immediate removal of Superintendent of Police and District Magistrate of Munger over clashes in the district. An 18-year-old man was killed and 27 others were injured in a clash during the immersion of Durga idols late on Monday night in Munger.

Munger was among the 71 constituencies that went to polling on Wednesday.

03:09 PM IST

Choosing PM Modi changed nature of Indian politics: Yogi Adityanath in Bihar

Fifteen years ago, some people had put Bihar in an identity crisis but choosing Prime Minister Narendra Modi has changed the nature of Indian politics, said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday, reports ANI.

02:36 PM IST

BJP-LJP will form new government in Bihar, says Chirag Paswan

A day after Bihar went witnessed first phase of polling, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Chirag Paswan said the feedback he has received from party candidates and workers indicate that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) along with LJP will form a new government in the state, reports ANI.

01:10 PM IST

15 years ago, some people put Bihar in identity crisis: Yogi Adityanath

15 years ago, some people put Bihar in identity crisis. Recall their 'jungle raj' when corruption was rampant, six years ago, choosing PM Modi changed nature of Indian politics. Now, no poor has religion or caste. Development is for all: UP CM Yogi Adityanath in Siwan

12:00 PM IST

RJD, Left parties want o re-introduce jungleraj in Bihar

Attacking RJD and Left parties, UP CM Adityanath says they want to once again bring jungleraj in Bihar.

11:56 AM IST

Yogi Adityanath addresses rally in Bhar's Daraunda

UP CM yogi Adityanath addresses rally in Bihar's Daraunda, day after first phase of polling.

10:32 AM IST

PM should have spoken about special package for Bihar: Tejashwi Yadav

PM Modi is the Prime Minister, he can say anything. I don't want to comment on it but when he came to Bihar he should have talked about special package, jobs etc. People thought he will speak on these but he didn't: Tejashwi Yadav

09:31 AM IST

Getting feedback Nitish Kunar will lose, BJP-LJP to form govt: Chirag Paswan

People have voted for change and development. The feedback I;m getting clearly indicates Nitish Kumar won't be CM after November 10. BJP-LJP will form new govt in Bihar: Chirag Paswan

09:08 AM IST

Tejashwi Yadav to hold multiple rallies for RJD-led Mahagathbandhan

Mahagathbandhan CM candidate Tejashwi Yadav will address rallies at Benipatti, Khajauli, Babubarhi, Lokaha, Phulparas, Rajnagar, Darbhanga rural, Alinagar, Goraboram, Ujiarpur, Mahnar, Patepur and Raghopur.

09:03 AM IST

Nitish Kumar, Yogi Adityanath to address rallies for NDA

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and his UP counterpart Yogi Adityanath will hold rallies today for the ruling NDA. While Kumar will address rallies at ValmikiNagar, Sikta, Narkatia and Manjhi, Adityanth will hold his at Darounda, Lalganj and Jhanjharpur.

08:12 AM IST

71 constituencies voted in phase one; 94 and 78 to vote in last two respectively

A total of 71 assembly constituencies went to polls on October 28. 94 will vote in second phase on November 3 and 78 on November 7. Bihar has a total of 243 assembly seats.

First published: Oct 29, 2020 07:16 IST