Bihar Assembly Election 2020 Voting Updates: Deputy Election Commissioner Chandra Kumar Bhushan said polling had now been done at 165 out of 243 constituencies and the seizures till Tuesday morning amounted to Rs. 65.22 crores
Bihar Assembly Election 2020 Voting Updates: Elections were conducted peacefully in 94 Assembly constituencies in Bihar on Tuesday, said the Election Commission in a briefing. Chandra Kumar Bhushan, Deputy Election Commissioner said of 1,463 candidates, 494 had criminal antecedents. Rs 65.22 crore have been seized till morning against 23.81 crore in 2015 Assembly elections, the official informed.
Onions were reportedly hurled at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's rally in Madhubani's Harlakhi as he began speaking about unemployment. The chief minister appeared to be unfazed and was heard telling the people to throw more, as his security personnel moved to protect him.
At a rally in Bihar's Kishanganj, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi targetted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over various issues like demonetisation, the Centre's farm laws and the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rahul slammed the prime minister for announcing a lockdown without any notice and alleged that only the Congress had been willing to help the stranded migrant labourers.
A sub inspector of the Border Security Force (BSF) on duty at a polling booth in the Lalganj assembly seat died of heart attack.
Narendra Modi said a "group of people doesn't want you to say 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' or 'Jai Shri Ram'" and have come together and asking for votes from the people of Bihar.
The Election Commission's technical team was rushed to a polling booth at Salaha Chandan village on Samastipur's Fuhia Ghat on a boat after a VVPAT glitch was reported. In the second phase of Assembly election in Bihar, 11.43 percent voter turnout was recorded as of 11 am.
Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar cast his vote at a government school in Digha, while MoS Home and BJP leader Nityanand Rai cast his vote at a polling booth in Hajipur Assembly constituency. 8.05 percent polling percentage was recorded till 9 am.
RJD leaders Tejashwi Yadav and Rabri Devi cast their votes at polling booth number 160 in Patna. The former Bihar CM asserted the need for change and development in the state.
After casting his vote at a polling booth in Patna's Rajendra Nagar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi appealed to people to step out of their homes, cast votes, maintain social distancing and wear masks. Meanwhile, LJP's Chirag Paswan cast his vote at a polling booth in Raghopur.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to voters in Bihar to turn up in large numbers for Phase 2 of polling to "ensure the success of the festival of democracy".
With COVID-19 guidelines in place, Phase 2 voting for the Bihar Assembly polls began at 7 am with 1,463 candidates in the fray in 94 seats across 17 districts. Among the key leaders contesting in this phase are Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav.
The second phase of the Bihar Assembly election began at 7 am on Tuesday (3 November). The second of the three-phased poll will see over 2.85 crore voters cast their ballot, while there are nearly 1,500 candidates in the fray.
Voting will take place in 94 Assembly segments, which is more than a third of the 243-member-strong Assembly spread across 17 districts.
With the exception of three districts — Patna, Bhagalpur, and Nalanda — the other districts heading to polls on Tuesday are situated north of the Ganga river.
The districts in which polls will be held in the second phase are West Champaran, East Champaran, Sheohar, Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj, Siwan, Saran, Vaishali, Samastipur, Begusarai, Khagaria, Bhagalpur, Nalanda, and Patna.
Out of the total 1,463 candidates in the second phase, 1,316 are men, 146 are women and one is transgender. Of the total 2,85,50,285 voters 1,50,33,034 are male, 1,35,16,271 female and 980 transgender, as per the poll panel data.
The Election Commission said it has set up a total of 41,362 booths at 18,823 polling stations.
Notable among the candidates in the second phase is the RJD's Tejashwi Yadav, the Opposition Grand Alliance's chief ministerial candidate, who has been aggressively trying to cash in on the anti-incumbency factor against the Nitish Kumar government.
The 31-year-old is seeking re-election from Raghopur in Vaishali district which he had wrested back for his party from the BJP's Satish Kumar in 2015. The BJP leader had defeated Yadav's mother Rabri Devi, a former chief minister, in 2010.
The BJP has retained its trust in Satish Kumar, hoping that he will be able to do a repeat of 2010 when, like this time, JD(U) president Nitish was with the NDA.
Tejashwi's elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav is trying his luck from Hasanpur in Samastipur district, shifting his base from Mahua in Vaishali.
There were said to be fears in the RJD camp that Tej Pratap's bid to retain Mahua could be challenged by the NDA through his estranged wife Aishwarya as its trump card. She is already taking an active part in the campaign for her father Chandrika Roy in Parsa, which he has represented a number of times and is seeking to retain on a JD(U) ticket this time.
All the four Assembly segments in the capital city Patna Sahib, Kumhrar, Bankipur and Digha are also going to polls in the second phase. All these are held by the BJP.
State minister Nand Kishore Yadav is in the fray trying to retain Patna Sahib for a seventh consecutive term.
Multiple-term MLA Nitin Nabin faces a challenge in Bankipur from Congress candidate Luv Sinha, who is the son of actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, a two-time local MP who lost the seat when he entered the fray after quitting the BJP.
The BJP has retained as its candidates Arun Sinha and Sanjiv Chaurasia for Kumhrar and Digha respectively. Seven constituencies of Nalanda district, to which Chief Minister Nitish Kumar belongs, also go to polls in the second phase.
Barring Hilsa, represented by the RJD's Shakti Singh Yadav, and Bihar Sharif, which two-term MLA Sunil Kumar retained on a BJP ticket in 2015, all the remaining five were won by the JD(U).
The Assembly segment named after the district is represented by state minister Shrawan Kumar who is seeking re-election from the seat.
The JD(U) has suffered a setback in the reserved Rajgir seat where its sitting MLA Ravi Jyoti, a former police inspector, is now the fray on a Congress ticket.
Two other ministers Ram Sevak Singh (JDU) and Rana Randhir Singh (BJP) are trying their luck from Hathua and Madhuban in Gopalganj and East Champaran districts respectively. The ministers are sitting MLAs from the respective seats.
Maharajganj has the maximum number of 27 candidates for any constituency while Darauli (04) has the lowest.
Among the major parties, the RJD is contesting 56 of the 94 seats while its ally Congress is contesting 24. The CPI and CPM, which joined the Grand Alliance recently, are fighting four seats each. Quite a few seats are being contested by the CPI(ML), the Left outfit with the strongest presence in Bihar.
BJP candidates are in the fray in 46 of the seats, while another 43 are being contested by those with JD(U) tickets. Mukesh Sahni's VIP, the latest entrant in the NDA, is contesting the remaining five.
The LJP is contesting 52 seats, including the two it had won in 2015 contesting as an NDA constituent. The party has fielded one transgender candidate too in this phase.
The bid of Raju Tiwari and Raj Kumar Sah to retain Govindganj and Lalganj respectively is being challenged by the BJP. According to the Election Commission, votes will be cast at a total of 41,362 polling stations.
With inputs from agencies