Bihar Assembly Election 2020: In the second phase of the Bihar Assembly elections on Tuesday, voting was completed in 94 assembly constituencies of 17 districts under tight security arrangements. Tight security arrangements were made for the ballot. With the voting in this phase, the political future of 1463 candidates including RJD leader Tejashwi, Tej Pratap got imprisoned in EVMs. According to Bihar Election Department, about 54 percent voters exercised their franchise in the second phase. However, there are chances of change in this figure.
In the second phase, votes were cast in 94 assembly constituencies in 17 districts of the state. According to the state election commission, 41,362 polling stations were set up for 2.85 crore voters in the first phase. In the second phase, 1,463 candidates are in the fray, out of which 1316 are males, 146 females and one third gender. In this phase, Maharajganj assembly constituency has the maximum number of 27 candidates while in Darauli assembly constituency, the minimum four candidates are in the fray.
Bihar Chief Electoral Officer HR Srinivas told reporters after the voting was over that 54.05 percent voters had exercised their franchise in the second phase as per the data so far. He said that the statistics of some areas have not yet come, so there is a possibility of some change in it.
He said that according to the data so far, 55.99 percent in West Champaran, 56.75 in East Champaran, 56.04 in Shivhar, 57.40 in Sitamarhi, 52.67 in Madhubani, 54.15 in Darbhanga, 59.98 in Muzaffarpur, 55.09 in Gopalganj, 51.88 in Siwan, Saran. 54.15 percent voters in Vaishali, 56.02 in Samastipur, 58.67 in Begusarai, 56.10 in Khagaria, 54.54 in Bhagalpur, 51.06 in Nalanda and 48.23 percent in Patna exercised their franchise.
He said that in the last election i.e. 2015 assembly elections, a total of 56.17 percent polling was recorded in these areas. According to the state election commission, the number of voters at polling stations in the morning was less, later the number of voters started increasing as the day progressed. Initially, EVM malfunctions were reported at some suffrage centers, which were rectified immediately.
In this phase of elections, voters are at stake in the political future of RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, son of RJD president Lalu Prasad and Tejashwi’s brother Tej Pratap Yadav, Patna Sahib MP and Luv Sinha, son of actor Shatrughan Sinha. Apart from this, voters in the EVMs have decided the political future of Pushrals Priya Chaudhary, President of Plurals Party at this stage. In this phase, the political future of Road Construction Minister Nandkishore Yadav from Patna Sahib, Cooperative Minister Randhir Singh from Madhuban, Rural Development Minister Shravan Kumar from Nalanda are also at stake.
In this phase, 56 candidates of RJD, 43 candidates of JDU, 46 of BJP, 24 of Congress, four of CPI, four of CPM, 52 of Lokjanashakti Party (LJP) and 36 of RLSP are in the fray. In Bihar’s electoral riots, a direct fight with the NDA is being considered by the Grand Alliance of the opposition party. The BJP-led NDA comprises JDU, Hindustani Awam Morcha, Vikas Insaan Party, while the NDA ally Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) at the Center is in the fray here. The Grand Alliance consists of RJD, Congress and Left parties.
Elections are to be held in three phases for the 243 assembly seats in Bihar. Under this, 71 seats have been voted for the first phase on October 28. Polling for 78 seats will be held on November 7 for the third phase. Votes will be counted on 10 November.