Six-phase polling in Bihar from 21 Oct

Six-phase polling in Bihar from 21 Oct

New Delhi: Bihar will go to polls in six phases spread over a month from 21 October, the Election Commission announced on Monday.

The first phase on 21 October will have polling for 47 seats while the second phase will be held on 24 October in 45 seats.

The third phase will be on 28 October for 48 seats, fourth on 1 November (42), fifth on 9 November (35) and last on 20 November (26), chief election commissioner SY Quraishi told a press conference here.

Counting for the 243 Assembly seats will be held on 24 November.

Polling will be held in 56,943 polling stations spread across the state in which over 5.50 crore electorate are expected to exercise their franchise.

The bypolls for Banka Lok Sabha seat, which fell vacant following the death of sitting MP Digvijay Singh, will be held on 1 November.

The term of the 243-member Assembly will end on 27 November. This will be the first election after Quraishi took over as the chief election commissioner on 30 July.

The election is expected to be a triangular affair with the ruling JD (U)-BJP continuing their poll alliance and Lalu Prasad’s RJD and Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP joining hands to oust it from power. The Congress has announced it would go it alone in the state, unlike in the past when it played a second fiddle to RJD.

RJD and LJP overcame last-minute hiccups and clinched an alliance and decided to contest 168 and 75 seats respectively.