Bihar Polls: Second phase ends with 55 per cent voting

Millions defied Maoist threats and flocked to over 8,800 polling centres across six districts to decide the fate of 456 candidates

Patna: The second phase of staggered assembly elections in Bihar ended yesterday, with about 55 per cent of the 8.58 million electorate voting in 32 of the 243 constituencies, officials said.

A woman flaunts her inked finger after casting her vote.  PIC/PTI

The polling was peaceful as millions defied Maoist threats and thronged to more than 8,800 polling centres across six districts to decide the fate of 456 candidates, including former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi. The main battle for power is between the BJP-led four-party alliance and the Grand Alliance of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

The battle for Bihar, which began on Monday and ends on November 5, and whose outcome will be known on November 8, is the biggest popularity test in the country after the Delhi election in February in which AAP routed the BJP. As many as 23 of the 32 constituencies, where balloting took place, were known Maoist hubs. While polling in 11 of them ended at 3 pm and in the remaining 12 it concluded by 4 pm, enabling officers to leave the area before sunset.

Additional Chief Electoral (ACE) officer R Lakshmanan said that the polling was slow initially but picked up later. He claimed that once again, women voted in large numbers. As the day progressed, the queues outside polling booth turned serpentine read reports from various constituencies. To ensure peaceful voting, five helicopters, drones and 993 companies of paramilitary forces were deployed across constituencies.

constituencies went to polls yesterday

Polling stations were there

Candidates contested in the second phase of the elections

Fan falls on Lalu

Motihari: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav suffered a minor injury after a ceiling fan fell on his right hand while he was on the dais for an election meeting in East Champaran district yesterday.

Lalu Prasad Yadav

Lalu was sipping tea on the dais, while a speaker was delivering his speech at the poll rally, when the mishap occurred. Lalu had pointed to the organisers that the fan was rotating dangerously and before anything could be done, it fell on his hand. Lalu, who escaped with minor injuries, stayed put on the dais and later addressed the meeting at Lakhaura High school in the region. He was canvassing for RJD candidate Binod Shrivastava contesting from Motihari seat.

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