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Bihar Election 2020 Highlights: Over 56% voter turnout till 6 pm

Bihar Assembly Election 2020 Voting Highlights Updates: Seemanchal, Kosi, Mithila and Tirhut regions comprise the seats going for polls in the final round.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 7, 2020 10:42:46 pm
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Bihar Election 2020 Highlights: A voter turnout of 56.02 per cent was recorded at 6 pm as polling in 78 constituencies spread across 19 districts continued for the third and final phase of Bihar Assembly elections on Saturday. In this phase, the ruling NDA, which is battling the anti-incumbency factor, is locked in a fierce contest against the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance). As many as 2.35 crore voters are eligible to decide the fate of 1,204 candidates today.

Seemanchal (Kishanganj, Araria, Katihar and Purnia), Kosi (Supaul, Saharsa and Madhepura), Mithila (Darbhanga and Madhubani) and Tirhut (Muzaffarpur and Sitamarhi) regions comprise the seats going for polls in the final round. While the Seemanchal belt gives an advantage to the Mahagathbandhan, Asaduddin’s Owasi’s AIMIM, contesting on 16 seats in this round, may cut into their votes and could win one to two seats. NDA also faces a tough fight in Purnia, Araria and Katihar. In the Kosi belt too, the Grand Alliance looks ahead with only NDA veterans such as ministers, Bijendra Prasad Yadav (Supaul) and Narendra Narayan Yadav (Alamganj) looking good to retain their bastions.

Despite the pandemic, Bihar saw a considerable voter turnout with Phase 1 recording 54 per cent votes –– marginally lower than 54.75 per cent for the same seats in 2015 elections. Similarly, Phase 2 witnessed 55.7 per cent voter turnout as compared to 56.17 per cent recorded last time.

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Bihar Assembly Election 2020 Voting Highlights: Voting underway in 78 constituencies. Get latest updates here.

21:50 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Exit polls predict advantage for Mahagathbandhan

Exit polls predict advantage for Mahagathbandhan.

20:20 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Bihar exit poll results | CNN News 18-Today's Chanakya

NDA: 55

MGB: 180

LJP: 0

Others: 8

19:01 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Mahagathbandhan leads according to TV9 Bharatvarsh exit polls
 

The Opposition Grand alliance is projected to lead in the Bihar Assembly elections, but marginally short of the majority mark 122, according to the TV9 Bharatvarsh exit polls.

NDA: 116

MGB: 120

LJP: 1

Others: 6

19:00 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Biomedical waste disposal team in Katihar assembly constituency.

Biomedical waste disposal team in Katihar assembly constituency.

18:55 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Bihar Exit poll results | Republic TV-Jan ki Baat predicts 91-117 votes for NDA, 138-118 votes for MGB

Bihar Exit poll results: According to Republic TV-Jan ki Baat

NDA: 91-117

MGB: 118-138

LJP: 5-8

Others: 3-6

18:55 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Bihar exit poll results | Times Now-C-Voter: NDA-116, Grand Alliance-120

Accroding to Times Now-C-Voter:

NDA: 116

MGB: 120

LJP: 1

Others: 6

18:54 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Bihar Exit poll results: ABP News-C-Voter predicts 04-128 votes for NDA, 108-131 votes for MGB

ABP News-C-Voter predicted that NDA will win 104-128 votes while Grand Alliance (Mahagatbandhan) will win 108-131 votes.  

NDA: 104-128

MGB: 108-131

LJP: 1-3

Others: 4-8

18:01 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Bihar voting Phase 3: 54.06% voter turnout till 5 pm

Bihar voting Phase 3: 54.06% voter turnout till 5 pm.

17:26 (IST)07 Nov 2020
District election officer-cum-district officer votes with his wife

Muzaffarpur: District election officer-cum-district officer voted with his wife.

16:46 (IST)07 Nov 2020
BJP urges people to vote for 'development'.

BJP urges people to vote for "development".

16:06 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Voting underway at Muzaffarpur

Voting underway at Muzaffarpur.

16:04 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Bihar voting Phase 3: 45.85% voter turnout till 3 pm

Bihar voting Phase 3: 45.85% voter turnout till 3 pm.

15:24 (IST)07 Nov 2020
'Nitish Kumar Ka Jungle Raj': RJD takes swipe at JD(U) govt

'Nitish Kumar Ka Jungle Raj': RJD takes swipe at JD(U) government

15:07 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Voting underway at Purvi Champaran district of Bihar

Voting underway at Purvi Champaran district of Bihar.

14:40 (IST)07 Nov 2020
34.82 per cent voter turn out at 1 pm

A voter turn out of 34.82 per cent was registered at 1 pm.

13:53 (IST)07 Nov 2020
No voters at a polling station in Begusarai

A polling station in Begusarai today wore a deserted look after locals decided to boycott the elections, alleging lack of development in the area. The people here staged a demonstration instead. 

13:29 (IST)07 Nov 2020
RJD takes swipe at Nitish government over unemployment
13:23 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Polling booth in Saharsa was decorated with Madhubani artwork

A polling booth in Saharsa was decorated with Madhubani artwork. "It is because of the good decor and colourful setup that voters are coming in large numbers," the district magistrate told news agency ANI. 

12:43 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Bihar election: District-wise voter turnout at 11 am
12:42 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Locals build temporary bridge in Muzaffarpur for voters

Locals today built a temporary bridge in Muzaffarpur to help voters reach a polling station. "There was no bridge to cross the water stream. We constructed this bridge for the easy movement of people. We wanted maximum people to cast their vote," a local told news agency ANI.

The Kosi-Seemanchal region also happens to be the main area of influence for maverick former MP Pappu Yadav, whose Jan Adhikar Party is determined to make its presence felt and prove a point to the RJD as both draw their support from the state's most populous community—the Yadavs.

As in the previous two phases, Chirag Paswan's LJP is also in the fray in a number of seats this time, threatening to play spoilsport for the NDA, especially the JD(U) with its repeated pleas that "every vote cast in favour of the Chief Ministers party will be a loss for Bihar's future".

Wrapping up his campaign for the Bihar Assembly polls, in which he has been overshadowed both by ally BJP and rival RJD, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday sought votes saying this election was his “last”.

Addressing a rally at Dhamdaha in Purnea district, the three-time JD(U) CM, who has been the face of Bihar since 2005, said, “Today is the last day (of campaign for the final phase of Assembly elections). Polling will take place the day after tomorrow. This is my last election.”

The Opposition pounced on Nitish’s remarks of this being his last election to say these showed he had “finally heard the message on the ground”. Tejashwi Yadav, the Opposition’s chief ministerial candidate, said, “Nitishji was not ready to accept either the aspirations and hopes of Bihari people, or the ground realities. We have been saying from the start that he is now tired and today, finally before the final phase, he has accepted defeat and announced his retirement from politics, proving us right.”

Lending his weight to Nitish, Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a letter to the people of Bihar on Thursday, saying he needed the JD(U) CM to ensure progress in the state, and said he was glad that “the focus in Bihar polls has been on development”.

LJP president Chirag Paswan said Nitish’s remarks further underlined that people should not vote for him. “This time he gave no account of his last five years and has now said he will not be back to give an account next time.