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Polling ends in Bihar, all eyes on November 8 results

Bihar Elections: In the last phase of polling, a total of 1,55,43,594 voters decided the fate of 827 candidates. 55.90 per cent polling recorded till 4 pm.

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Polling in the final phase of the Bihar state Assembly elections began at 7 am today. A total of 57 seats are up for grabs in the Seemanchal, Kosi and Mithilanchal regions that includes districts like Katihar, Kishanganj, Supaul, Darbhanga and Madhubani.

People stand in a long queue to cast their vote during the final phase of the Bihar state Assembly Elections at Madarsa polling booth, Dholbazza in Ararria on Thursday, November 5. (Source: Express Photo by Prashant Ravi)

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This phase of polling is considered critical for the Grand Alliance as its core voter base of Yadavs and Muslims reside in these regions. The BJP-led alliance would also be looking to win enough seats here in order to edge out its opposition in what has become a closely contested election.

Muslim Voters shows their ink mark after casting the vote at Gadhiya polling Booth in Narpatganj on Thursday, November 5. (Source: Express Photo by Prashant Ravi)

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As soon as the clock strikes five and the Election Commission declares the process of polling over, news channels are expected to dish out their exit poll results in the state.

Voters stand in a queue at Hariyabara polling booth in Ararria on Thursday, November 5. (Source: Express Photo by Prashant Ravi)

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55.90 per cent polling recorded till 4pm.

Voters in queue showing their ID card at Lahtora polling booth in Araria. (Source: Express Photo by Prashant Ravi)

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Voters layered queue at a polling both in Purnea. (Source: Express Photo by Prashant Ravi)

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Voters in queue showing their ID card at Lahtora polling booth in Ararria on Thursday, November 5. (Source: Express Photo by Prashant Ravi)

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In the last phase of polling, a total of 1,55,43,594 voters decided the fate of 827 candidates that includes prominent leaders like senior ministers Bijendra Prasad Yadav (Supual), Narendra Narayan Yadav (Alamnagar), RJDLP leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui (Alinagar), Lalu Prasad's 'Man Friday' Bhola Yadav (Bahadurpur), and BJP candidate Nitish Mishra (Jhanjharpur).

Voters in queue at Hariyabara polling booth in Araria. (Source: Express Photo by Prashant Ravi)

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A total of 1033 companies of state police personnel and central para military forces besides 74469 polling personnel had been deployed at all the 14709 polling stations to ensure free and fair election.

An official stand guard as voters wait in a long queue to cast their during the final phase of Bihar elections at Hariyabara polling booth in Araria on Thursday. (Source: Express Photo by Prashant Ravi)