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Bihar voting percentage elections 2020 updates: Overall voter turnout at 51.9% till 5 pm; Chakai registers highest figure at 60.03%

Bihar voting percentage elections 2020 updates: In the first phase of Assembly election in Bihar, 51.91 percent voter turnout was recorded in ten hours of voting in 71 constituencies of 243-member Assembly

FP Staff October 28, 2020 18:16:35 IST
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Bihar voting percentage elections 2020 updates: Overall voter turnout at 51.9% till 5 pm; Chakai registers highest figure at 60.03%

Patna: Voters stand in queues under social distance mark at the polling station to cast votes for the first phase Bihar Assembly polls, at Paligang constituency in Patna district on Wednesday Oct 28,2020. AP

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Gaya election polling latest updates

Prem Kumar casts vote in Gaya

Bihar’s Agriculture Minister Prem Kumar cast his vote in Gaya on Wednesday. For the past 30 years in Gaya, nobody has been able to breach this BJP fortress. Winning the seat six times in a row, Kumar has been accommodated into the cabinet each time an NDA government was sworn into power. 

This seat will be a litmus test of BJP’s popularity in the region.

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Oct 28, 2020 - 18:25 (IST)

Bihar phase 1 election voting latest updates

ECI to brief media shortly

The Election Commission will hold a press conference at 6.30 pm.

Oct 28, 2020 - 18:15 (IST)

Bihar phase 1 election voting latest updates

Over 51% voter turnout registered till 5 pm, says EC

Over 51.91 percent voter turnout has been recorded till 5 PM in the first phase of Bihar assembly polls on Wednesday, the Election Commission said in its provisional data.

Oct 28, 2020 - 18:10 (IST)

Bihar phase 1 election voting latest updates

Modi will make Bihar 'developed' state if people vote for NDA: Nitish Kumar

Bringing the 'Modi factor' to the fore of the poll campaign, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday devoted his speech at a BJP rally here to development works undertaken by the prime minister for Bihar and said Narendra Modi will make it a "developed" state if the ruling NDA is voted back to power.

Lavishing praise on Modi, Kumar referred to a slew of projects to assert that the people of Bihar can never forget what he has done for the state.

"Listening to his (Modi's) appeal, if you give the NDA one more chance to work in the state, then you take it for sure that he will transform it into a developed state. Bihar with march ahead," he said.

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Oct 28, 2020 - 18:03 (IST)

Bihar phase 1 election voting latest updates

Polling finishes early at 30 of 71 seats

The voting has ended at 30 of the 71 seats that went to polls today. According to Hindi news publication Hindustan, voting was conducted between 7 am to 4 pm on 26 seats, while polling concluded at four seats in red corridor at 3 pm only.

Oct 28, 2020 - 17:57 (IST)

Bihar phase 1 election voting latest updates

Small shopkeepers, youths, farmers angry with Modi and Nitish: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Wednesday said there was anger among small shopkeepers, youths, farmers and labourers against Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the national level and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Bihar.

Addressing his second poll rally of the day at Kusheswar Asthan in Darbhanga, the former Congress president also said it was sad that Prime Minister Modi's effigy was burnt in Punjab on the occasion of Dusshera. "You didn't get to see it perhaps because Nitishji and Modiji control the media," he alleged.

He said the people of Bihar gave 15 years to Nitish Kumar as chief minister and six years to Modi as Prime Minister yet "Bihar is the poorest state".

He said the ongoing elections in Bihar was about the state's future and if the Congress comes to power with its Grand Alliance partners it will be the government of all castes and religions.

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Oct 28, 2020 - 17:39 (IST)

Bihar phase 1 election voting latest updates

50.8% voter turnout recorded by 5 pm

According to the Voter Turnout App, 51.80 percent voter turnout has been recorded till 5 pm in the 71 constituencies of 243-member Assembly in the phase one elections. Chakai registers the highest voter turnout with 60.03 percent followed by Bhabua with 59.5 percent  

Oct 28, 2020 - 17:24 (IST)

Bihar phase 1 election voting latest updates

NDA will easily win around 50 out of 71 seats, says ex-Bihar CM 

Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi casts his vote at a polling booth in Gaya on Wedneday, and said that NDA will comfortably win nearly 50 out of 71 seats that have gone to polls in the first phase.

Oct 28, 2020 - 16:58 (IST)

Bihar phase 1 election voting latest updates

Sandesh and Barbigha see less than 40% of votes till 3 pm

The maximum 49.84 percent turnout has been recorded in Lakhisarai, followed by Buxar (48.91 percent), Kaimur (49.26 percent), Banka (47.44 percent), Patna (45.77 percent), and Bhagalpur (45.51 percent) among others.

Only Sandesh and Barbigha assembly seats have seen less than 40 percent voting till 3 PM out of the total 71 constituencies in the first phase.

Union minister and senior BJP leader Giriraj Singh cast his vote at a polling booth in Lakhisarai, while former Bihar chief minister and HAM president Jitan Ram Manjhi exercised his franchise at a booth in Gaya.

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Oct 28, 2020 - 16:28 (IST)

Bihar phase 1 election voting latest updates

Bihar was transformed into jungle raj by Cong, RJD govt: Yogi Adityanath

One of the star campaigner for the Bihar Assembly election, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath addressed a rally in West Champaran, during which he launched a sharp attack on RJD and Congress.

"The land that gave the empires like Pataliputra, Vaishali, the land of Bihar, which started the golden age of India within the world, was transformed into anarchy and jungle raj by the Congress and RJD government 15 years ago," said Yogi Adityanath. reports ANI

Oct 28, 2020 - 16:13 (IST)

Bihar phase 1 election voting latest updates

Tejashwi Yadav seeks HC-monitored probe into Munger firing

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday demanded a High Court-monitored probe into the Munger incident in which one person was killed and over two dozen others, including security personnel, were injured in firing and stone-pelting during goddess Durga idol immersion.

Accompanied by Congress general secretary Randeep Surjewala and other leaders of the Grand Alliance, Yadav made a scathing attack on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, asking who gave permission to the Munger police to act like "General Dyer".

With the incident coming at a time when Bihar is voting on 71 constituencies in the first phase Wednesday, opposition parties are making every efforts to corner the ruling NDA.

Taking a swipe at the chief minister, Tejashwi Yadav asked Kumar,who also holds the home portfolio, what did he do to prevent the incident. "Apart from issuing a few tweets what did deputy chief minister Sushil Modi do to prevent the ugly incident," he told reporters training guns on his rivals.

"The video of the incident is heart-rending as youths have been mercilessly beaten up by the police who rained lathis on them. Why did police open fire?" he asked.

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Bihar voting percentage elections 2020 LATEST updates: In the first phase of the Assembly election in Bihar, 51.91 percent voter turnout was recorded in ten hours of voting in 71 constituencies of the 243-member Assembly.

The maximum 49.84 percent turnout has been recorded in Lakhisarai, followed by Buxar (48.91 percent), Kaimur (49.26 percent), Banka (47.44 percent), and Patna (45.77 percent) till 3 pm.

In the first phase of Assembly election in Bihar, 44.10 percent voter turnout was recorded in eight hours of voting in 71 consituencies of 243-member Assembly.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing his final rally of the day in Patna as Bihar is witnessing polling in first phase.

Rahul Gandhi has started his address in Bihar's West Champaran district on Wednesday. The former Congress chief blamed the Nitish Kumar government for loss of jobs in the state.

Returning Officer to file an FIR against Bihar Minister and BJP leader Prem Kumar for violation of the model code of conduct. Kumar was wearing a mask with his party's symbol at polling booth.

Baghalpur has registered the highest turnout at 34.34 percent till 1 pm, which was followed by Banka at 33.14 percent. Meanwhile, Jahanabad is still at the bottom with a voter turnout of 11.39 percent.

As per the voter turnout data updated by the Election Commission at 12 pm, 18.31 percent of the total electorates have exercised their franchise.

Narendra Modi raked up the Ayodhya issue at an election rally in Darbhanga and said, "those who taunted us over delay of Ram temple construction are clapping in applause."

Addressing the public in Raj Maidan, Darbhanga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that Bihar has witnessed several developments under Nitish Kumar government.

According to the Voter Turnout App, the highest turnout was recorded in Lakhisarai at 26.28 percent. While the lowest was recorded in Bhagalpur at 5.27 percent.

According to the Voter Turnout App, 7.35 percent voter turnout has been recorded till 10 am in the 71 constituencies of 243-member Assembly in the phase one elections.

A day after violence in Munger, the Mahagathbandhan slammed the state government over the law and order situation in Bihar.

In the phase 1 Assembly election in Bihar, Dalit votes will matter the most, while in the third phase Muslim voters will be higher in proportion.

Polling for the first phase of the 243-seat Bihar Assembly elections is underway with precautionary arrangements in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

More than two crore voters are set to decide the fate of 1,066 candidates across 71 Assembly segments in the first phase.

Polling will be held between 7 am and 6 pm, with the last hour being set aside for those who have contracted COVID-19 or who are in quarantine.

In the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections, the first phase of polling in 49 constituencies saw a voter turnout of 57 percent while the overall voter turnout was 56.91 percent, up from 52.7 percent in 2010. Notably, the poll percentage among women at 59.92 percent exceeded https://twitter.com/SimpsonsQOTD/status/1321114826584793089men (56.8 percent) as per a  report in The Times of India.

As per data provided by the Election Commission, 1.01 crore of the 2.14 crore voters who will exercise their franchise on Wednesday are women while 599 belong to the third gender,

The candidates include 952 men and 114 women, the maximum number (27) being in the fray at Gaya Town and the minimum (5) at Katoria in Banka district.

The ruling alliance of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJPU and the Janata Dal (United), which has also joined hands with former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's Hindustani Awami Morcha (HAM) and with the Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP) is fighting the Mahagathabandhan of the RJ(D), Congress and Left parties to retain power in the state.

Among the major political parties, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's JD(U) is contesting 35 of the 71 seats, followed by its ally BJP (29), while the Opposition RJD has fielded its candidates in 42 and its coalition partner Congress is in the fray in 20 Assembly segments.

Lok Janshakti Party, headed by Chirag Paswan, is in the fray in 41 seats, which include all the 35 contested by the JD(U), in keeping with the call given by the young party president, who recently pulled out of the NDA in the state to "dislodge" the chief minister from power.

Prominent candidates

Prominent candidates include Shreyasi Singh, the Commonwealth Games gold medalist shooter who is making her political debut at the age of 27 as the BJP candidate from Jamui.

Shreyasi is pitted against Vijay Prakash Yadav of the RJD, the sitting MLA whose elder brother Jaiprakash Narayan Yadav is a former Union minister and a close aide of party supremo Lalu Prasad.

Notably, the former Union minister's 28-year-old daughter Divya Prakash is also making her debut in the adjoining Tarapur constituency as the candidate of her father's party.

Half a dozen members of the state Cabinet — Prem Kumar (Gaya Town), Vijay Kumar Sinha (Lakhisarai), Ram Narayan Mandal (Banka), Krishnanandan Prasad Verma (Jehanabad), Jaikumar Singh (Dinara) and Santosh Kumar Nirala (Rajpur) are also fighting the electoral battle in the first phase.

Of the six, Verma, Singh and Nirala belong to the JD(U), while the remaining are from the BJP.

The reserved Imamganj seat in Gaya district, which falls under Aurangabad Lok Sabha constituency, will see a proverbial clash of titans. NDA candidate Jitan Ram Manjhi's bid to retain the seat faces a challenge from his predecessor Uday Narayan Chaudhary who had been associated with the JD(U) till a few years ago but has now been fielded by the RJD.

Coronavirus guidelines

In view of the coronavirus pandemic raging across the country, the poll panel had issued guidelines for the safe conduct of the elections. These include lowering the maximum number of voters for a polling booth from 1,600 to 1,000, staggered polling hours and a postal ballot facility for those aged above 80, or those afflicted with or suspected to be carrying the virus.

Besides, electronic voting machines will have to be sanitised, polling officials will have to wear masks and other protective gear and availability of thermal scanner, hand sanitiser, soap, and water will be ensured.

The second and third phase of elections are scheduled to be held on 3 and 7 November. The results will be announced on 10 November.

With inputs from PTI

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