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Bihar Election 2020 Voting Highlights: Over 53% voter turnout till 6 pm; onions hurled at CM Nitish Kumar’s rally

Bihar Assembly Election 2020 Voting Highlights: Polling began at 7 am, but the time for its conclusion was extended by one hour till 6 pm to facilitate COVID-19 patients and those with symptoms of the disease.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 4, 2020 12:21:45 pm
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar after casting his vote. (PTI Photo)

Bihar Election 2020 Highlights:  Over 53 per cent of the total 2.85 crore electors in 94 constituencies of Bihar exercised their franchise till 5 pm in the second phase of voting on Tuesday, according to Election Commission data. The estimated overall turnout at 6 PM is 53.51 per cent (provisional), the poll panel data said. Prominent personalities including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, Tejashwi Yadav, and LJP president Chirag Paswan cast their votes in their respective polling booths in the morning.  Polling began at 7 am, but the time for its conclusion has been extended by one hour till 6 pm to facilitate COVID-19 patients and those with symptoms of the disease to exercise their franchise during the final hour. The process, however, concluded early in Maoist-hit areas.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Bihar’s Araria district on Tuesday where he said that the voter enthusiasm in Bihar amid the global pandemic demonstrates deep roots of democracy in India. Urging people to vote for the BJP-JD(U) government, he said that now “lawlessness and extortion are losing while development and rule of law are winning in Bihar.” The Prime Minister will hold another rally in Saharsa. On the other hand, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is also scheduled to address two rallies today. (Click here to follow our full Bihar election coverage)

Meanwhile, Onions were flung towards Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by some protestors while he was addressing a public meeting in Madhubani for the third phase of the assembly elections.

A voter turnout of 55.69% was recorded in the first phase of Bihar assembly polls held on October 28, the Election Commission said in its provisional data. Polling was held 71 assembly constituencies amid tight security and COVID-19 guidelines in place.

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Voting for the second phase underway in 94 seats; Tejashwi, 4 ministers of Nitish govt in fray; RJD bets Left proves right; BJP hopes 2015 does; PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi's rallies today; Follow LIVE updates here. Read in Malayalam

01:33 (IST)04 Nov 2020
Kept out in lockdown, ‘sprayed like animals’, workers seek change

Kuchh bhi muft nahin milta. Aur hoga, to har pradesh mein hoga, keval Bihar mein nahin (Nothing is free. And, if at all it happens, it will be free for all states, not just for Bihar),” says Madan Paswan, 37, dismissive of the BJP’s promise of free Covid vaccine to Bihar. Sitting on a pathway in Dehradun’s Ghanta Ghar area, his stove, tea bags and sugar bottle spread out in front of him, the Darbhanga resident continues, “During the lockdown, Nitish first did not let migrants return, and then sprayed them with sanitisers like animals.”

With no opportunities in his village, Paswan moved to Dehradun for work 20 years ago. His tea-stall, which he sets up at 6 every morning, is frequented by migrant labourers from Bihar, most of whom are employed as construction workers.

“I have told both my children in Darbhanga to vote for a party which is committed to providing jobs, so that they don’t have to sell tea like me,” says Paswan, whose village falls under Darbhanga (Rural) seat. Read more 

00:56 (IST)04 Nov 2020
Throwing onions at Nitish undemocratic, undesirable behaviour: Tejashwi

After onions were hurled at CM Nitish Kumar at an election rally, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said the incident was entirely undesirable and against the spirit of democarcy. He said in a democracy, the way to register opposition to a leader was by excercising the right to vote.  

23:55 (IST)03 Nov 2020
#NahinBhoolegaBihar: Congress attacks govt

The Congress party's Bihar handle has attacked the Nitish Kumar government, tweeting videos of people raising issues such as floods and alleged scams, with the hastag Bihar Won't Forget. Take a look

22:43 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Watch: What our Bihar correspondents from the ground have to say

From mood on the ground to Tejashwi's popularity to the Chirag Paswan factor, what our reporters Santosh Singh and Dipankar Ghose have seen on the ground. 

21:22 (IST)03 Nov 2020
JD(U) submits memorandum to EC against Tejashwi,Tej Pratap

The ruling JD(U) on Tuesday submitte a memorandum to the Election Commission demanding registratio of an FIR and cancellation of nominations of Tejashwi Yada and his brother Tej Pratap Yadav for allegedly concealin information about some properties in their electio affidavits A JD(U) delegation led by state Information and Publi Relations Department (IPRD) minister Neeraj Kumar met Chie Electoral Officer (CEO), H R Srinivasa and submitte memorandum to him which was addressed to the Electio Commission of India Kumar said that the CEO assured them that he woul communicate the Commission about the information furnished b them in the memorandum for necessary action The JD(U) team also annexed documentary proofs in suppor of the charges against the two sons of Lalu Prasad, who ar contesting assembly election from Raghopur and Hasanpu constituency respectively.

18:48 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Youths know Modi, Nitish looted Bihar: Rahul Gandhi

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday alleged they have "looted" Bihar, and claimed that people have decided to vote them out of power. Addressing a poll rally here, the former Congress president criticised the NDA government over demonetisation, migrant crisis, GST, handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the three new farm laws. He said neither Modi nor Kumar did anything to help migrant labourers when they were walking thousands of kilometres to return homes during the coronavirus lockdown.

18:41 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Come Nov 10, Tejashwi's critics will be 'khamoshed': Shatrughan Sinha

Critics of RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav will be "khamoshed" (silenced) when results for Bihar assembly polls are declared on November 10 as the 'Mahagathbandhan' is headed for a "landslide" win, senior Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha said on Tuesday in an interview with PTI. The actor-turned-politician also said personal attacks were being made against the grand alliance's chief ministerial candidate by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leaders as they were "totally rattled" by Yadav's well-thought and researched promise of providing 10 lakh jobs to the youth of Bihar.

18:37 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Bihar elections: Estimated overall turnout at 5 pm is 51.68 per cent

Over 51 per cent of the total 2.85 crore electors in 94 constituencies of Bihar exercised their franchise till 5 pm in the second phase of voting on Tuesday, according to Election Commission data. The estimated overall turnout at 5 pm is 51.68 per cent (provisional), the poll panel data said. Prominent personalities including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, Tejashwi Yadav, and LJP president Chirag Paswan cast their votes in their respective polling booths in the morning.  

16:30 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Watch: Onions being thrown at CM Nitish Kumar during election rally in Harlakhi

Onion were allegedly thrown during Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's election rally in Madhubani's Harlakhi on Tuesday.

16:10 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Bihar elections: Prominent leaders who voted today
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar shows his finger marked with indelible ink after casting his vote during the second phase of Bihar Assembly Election. (AP Photo)
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar shows his finger marked with indelible ink after casting his vote during the second phase of Bihar Assembly Election. (AP Photo) 

Opposition leader Tejaswi Yadav, right, with his mother and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi at polling station to cast their vote. AP Photo 

Veteran actor and Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha along with his wife Poonam Sinha and sons Kush Sinha (L) and Luv Sinha (R) (party candidate from Bankipur constituency) after casting their votes.  PTI Photo




15:57 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Bihar elections: 44.51% voter turnout till 3 PM

A voter turnout of 44.51 per cent was recorded till 3 pm in the second phase of Bihar Assembly elections. 

15:25 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Poll duty-bound SSB jawan dies in road accident in Bihar

In a tragic news, an SSB jawan was killed after he was run over by an unidentified vehicle while on his way to attend election duty in Bihar's East Champaran district, police said on Tuesday. The incident took place near Dumra Chowk in Kotwa police station area on Monday night when 34-year-old Sashastra Seema Bal jawan Shailesh Kumar Singh was going to a polling booth in Kalyanpur constituency in East Champaran district on his motorcycle, a police officer said. The jawan hailed from West Champaran district and was posted at the SSB's 65th battalion in Bettiah, Kotwa police station SHO Rajiv Kumar said. The body was handed over to his family members after the conduct of the post-mortem examination, he added. (PTI)

15:12 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Vote for change, vote for Mahagathbandhan: Surjewala

As second-phase of polling is underway in Bihar, the Congress is campaigning for Mahagathbandhan. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is currently addressing a rally in Kodha.

15:05 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Will set-up a food processing plant to generate employment opportunities: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi assures setting up Food Processing plant to generate employment opportunities for the people Bihar.

14:50 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Rahul Gandhi mocks PM Modi and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar over migrant crisis

Addresses a rally in Kodha, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi mocked PM Modi and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar over rising corona cases and migrant crisis in the state. He said: " When the people of Bihar were struggling, walking back home barefoot, the BJP-JDU government didn't do anything. Even today, there is no employment opportunities in the state. If CM Nitish and PM Modi would have fulfilled their opportunity of creating employement, the people of Bihar could have stayed in the state and worked." 

14:36 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Watch | Rahul Gandhi addresses a rally in Kodha
14:35 (IST)03 Nov 2020
BSF official dies of heart attack at a Bihar polling booth

A Sub Inspector of the Border Security Force (BSF) on duty at a polling booth in the Lalganj assembly seat died of heart attack Tuesday, police and hospital sources said. The security man felt acute pain in chest while he was on duty at booth number 181 following which he was taken to Hajipur sadar hospital, they said.

On reaching the hospital, the doctors declared him brought dead, the sources added. The 55-year-old deceased has been identified as K R Bhai, a resident of Vadodara in Gujarat. He was posted with the BSF in Gujarat and was deployed at a polling station in the Lalganj constituency in Vaishali district where voting is in progress Tuesday. (PTI)

14:34 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Bihar records nearly 33 per cent polling till 1 pm; Nitish, Tejashwi cast votes

Nearly 33 per cent of the total 2.85 crore electors exercised their franchise till 1 pm on Tuesday in 94 constutiencies of Bihar during the second phase of assembly elections. The highest poll percentage of 41.25 has been recorded in Muzaffarpur among the 17 districts, where the 94 seats are located, according to the Election Commission's Voter Turnout App, updated till 1 pm.

The lowest turnout so far has been reported from Darbhanga at 26.73 per cent, followed by Patna at 28 per cent. The estimated overall turnout at 1 pm is 32.82 per cent, the poll panel data said. Vaishali district's Raghopur, from where RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav is contesting the elections in the second phase, has recorded 36.09 per cent votes in the first six hours, as per the EC data.

14:32 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Villagers of Chulhai Bishunpur in Baruraj boycott elections alleging lack of development in the area

Villagers of Chulhai Bishunpur in Baruraj assembly constituency boycott elections alleging lack of development in the area. There are 729 voters registered here. Not a single vote has been cast, so far, says an electoral officer at booth no.178.

14:08 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Proponents of 'jungle raj' don't want you to chant 'Bharat mata ki jai' or 'Jai Shri Ram': PM Modi

In Saharsa, PM Modi told the voters that the proponents of 'jungle raj' don't want you to chant 'Bharat mata ki jai' or 'Jai Shri Ram'. "There is a group of people that doesn't want you to say 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' or 'Jai Shri Ram.' All of them have now come together and asking for votes from the people of Bihar. There's a need to give a befitting answer to such people in Bihar elections."

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Bihar Election 2020 LIVE Updates: The election campaign in Bihar has so far been high-voltage, with the NDA seeking to balance two heavyweights – Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar – while the Opposition’s charge has been led by the young Tejashwi Yadav. (Click here to follow our full Bihar polls coverage)

Kumar has repeatedly asked voters to recall the “days of jungle raj” under Lalu Prasad, saying that only in the last 15 years under him has the condition of Bihar’s roads, health infrastructure and education improved.

Read | Raghopur: ‘Mecca of Yadavs’ has seen CMs, what it wants from Tejashwi is vikas

On the other hand, Tejashwi Yadav, the chief ministerial candidate of the Mahagatbandhan, attempted to strike a chord with voters, especially the youth, with a promise of 10 lakh government jobs promise in the RJD manifesto. Massive turnouts and enthusiastic response from the crowds at his rallies have been a surprise for political observers, with many reading it more as anti-incumbency against Nitish than the appeal of Tejashwi and RJD. In an interview with the Indian Express, Tejashwi Yadav said he has plans to “build on the gains of social justice”, and also explained why his promise of jobs is financially tenable.

 

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The Grand Alliance (Mahagathbandhan) has largely kept its campaign restricted to Bihar’s local concerns, not responding to the BJP’s efforts to turn the discourse towards national issues.

Express interviews: Tejashwi Yadav | JP NaddaKanhaiya Kumar   | KC Tyagi | Asaduddin Owaisi

Among the major political parties, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's JD(U) is contesting in 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.

Key players: Sushil Kumar Modi | Jagadanand Singh | Pappu Yadav | Jitan Ram Manjhi

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.

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Other prominent leaders who have campaigned in the state so far include Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani, Congress leaders Raj Babbar and Shatrughan Sinha, BSP supremo Mayawati and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi. CPI’s Kanhaiya Kumar also joined the campaign, mainly for candidates of the Left parties. Kumar, in an interview, told Indian Express that Bihar elections are not going to be one-sided and there is much anger, especially against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

During the campaign, many prominent leaders fell prey to the Covid-19 infection while campaigning. These included Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and former Union ministers Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Syed Shahnawaz Hussain.

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