The first phase of Assembly Polls 2020 in Bihar will be held today. The polling will be held on 71 Assembly seats where as many as 1,066 candidates are testing their fate. Over 2 crore voters will exercise their franchise in the phase 1 of the Bihar Assembly elections. The polling will also be held in Naxalism-hit areas like Gaya, Rohtas, and Aurangabad. Out of the 2.14 crore voters in phase 1, around 1.01 crore are women voters, while 599 belong to the third gender, the Election Commission data suggests.
In phase 1, CM Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) is in the fray for 35 out of 71 seats, followed closely by its ally BJP at 29. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) will contest 42 seats whereas its coalition ally Congress will field its candidates in 20 seats. Chirag Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party is going to contest on 41 seats, including all the 35 seats contested by JD (U).
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10.30 AM: Woh 'Chirag' ko bhi bujhana chahte hain: Congress on Chirag Paswan
BJP wants to keep 'Chirag' in their hand to light up their home & burn down Nitish Ji's house. Woh 'Chirag' ko bhi bujhana chahte hain. So BJP wants to use Chirag first, then get rid of him later: Congress' Bihar in-charge Shaktisinh Gohil on Chirag Paswan. - ANI
10.15 AM: Polling process in Gaya
Bihar Minister and BJP leader Prem Kumar arrives at a polling booth in Gaya to cast his vote wearing a mask with his party's symbol.
10.00 AM: Tejashwi on Phase 1 polling
The first signature, for the prosperity of Bihar, for the jobs of the youth and parents: Tejashwi Yadav
पहला हस्ताक्षर, बिहार की समृद्धि के लिए, युवाओं की नौकरी के लिए, माँ-बाप की चिंताओं को दूर करने के लिए और तरक्की की राह पर मिलकर आगे बढ़ने के लिए... pic.twitter.com/WhgfNUXQpR— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) October 28, 2020
9.20 AM: Visuals from Naya Gaon
BJP candidate from Jamui and Shooter Shreyasi Singh casts her vote at a polling booth in Naya Gaon area of the district. - ANI
Bihar: BJP candidate from Jamui and Shooter Shreyasi Singh casts her vote at a polling booth in Naya Gaon area of the district. pic.twitter.com/zBe2DQOeio— ANI (@ANI) October 28, 2020
9.05 AM: Nadda on Bihar polls
The first phase of voting for the Bihar assembly elections is going on today. Your vote is your greatest strength: BJP chief JP Nadda
बिहार विधानसभा चुनावों के लिए आज पहले चरण का मतदान हो रहा है।— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) October 28, 2020
आप का मत ही लोकतंत्र में आपकी सबसे सबसे बड़ी ताक़त है। मेरा सभी मतदाताओं से अनुरोध है कि कोविड सम्बन्धी सावधानियों का ध्यान रखते हुए लोकतंत्र के इस महापर्व में जरूर हिस्सा लें।
पहले मतदान, फिर जलपान!
8.50 AM: Visuals from Paliganj
People queuing up outside booth number 43 in Paliganj before voting. The phase 1 of voting is going on in 71 Assembly seats in Bihar today.
Bihar: First phase polling of Bihar Assembly elections underway, following #COVID19 norms.— ANI (@ANI) October 28, 2020
Visuals of voters queuing up outside booth number 43 in Paliganj and undergoing temperature check. pic.twitter.com/EDMDKDZITp
8.36 AM: Rahul's request to voters
Vote this time for justice, employment and farmers, says Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
इस बार न्याय, रोज़गार, किसान-मज़दूर के लिए— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 28, 2020
आपका वोट हो सिर्फ़ महागठबंधन के लिए।
बिहार के पहले चरण के मतदान की आप सभी को शुभकामनाएँ।#आज_बदलेगा_बिहार
8.15 AM: Find your name in voter list
The Election Commission of India has eased process for voters to find their polling booth. Voters can find out polling booth with the help of ECI website. You can find the location of Election Commission of India (ECI) polling stations on Google map.
8.00 AM: Vote but follow social distancing: PM
PM Modi urges all voters to ensure their participation in this festival of democracy; requests people to follow social distancing norms.
बिहार विधानसभा चुनावों में आज पहले दौर की वोटिंग है।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 28, 2020
सभी मतदाताओं से मेरा आग्रह है कि वे कोविड संबंधी सावधानियों को बरतते हुए, लोकतंत्र के इस पर्व में अपनी हिस्सेदारी सुनिश्चित करें।
दो गज की दूरी का रखें ध्यान, मास्क जरूर पहनें।
याद रखें, पहले मतदान, फिर जलपान!
7.40 AM: How to check name in voter list
- Visit the National Voters' Service portal at the official Election Commission of India website
- You can check your voter list details either via EPIC (Electoral Photo ID card) number or details
- In case you are searching using the EPIC number, you just have to key in the number
- While searching using details, voters will have to enter information like name, father's or husband's name, age, gender, district, assembly constituency. Key in the provided captcha code and search
7.29 AM: Visuals from Gaya
Voting for the first phase of Bihar elections underway; visuals from a polling station in Gaya.
7.20 AM: IED recovered in Aurangabad
On the day of the first phase of polling in Bihar, two improvised explosive devices were recovered and defused by the Central Reserve Police Force from Aurangabad's Dhibra area earlier today.
7.15 AM: Giriraj Singh appeals people to vote
Union Minister Giriraj Singh visited a temple in Lakhisarai. "Election is the biggest festival of democracy. I appeal to everyone to exercise their right to vote," says the minister.
7.00 AM: Polling amid pandemic
People deployed on polling duties seen wearing masks and gloves; sanitisers to be used during the voting that will begin shortly, which is first of its kind after COVID-19 pandemic. - ANI
Gaya: People deployed on polling duties seen wearing masks and gloves; sanitizers to be used during the voting that will begin shortly, which is first of its kind after #COVID19 pandemic. #BiharElectionspic.twitter.com/WuF6C0jx2h— ANI (@ANI) October 28, 2020
6.55 AM: Preparations underway at a polling station in Munger
6.45 AM: Bihar polls at a glance
The Bihar assembly elections 2020 will be held in three phases across 243 seats. The first phase of elections will take place on October 28. The second phase of polling will be conducted on November 3, while the third phase of polling will take place on November 7. Results of the Bihar polls 2020 will be declared on November 10.
6.35 AM: Visuals from polling stations
These are the latest visuals from polling stations in Lakhisarai and Gaya polling booths.
6.30 AM: Tejashwi Yadav's appeal to voters
Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav has appealed voters to exercise their franchise by participating in the voting process in great numbers.
Voting for the first phase of the #BiharElections2020 will begin shortly. I appeal to people of the State to exercise their right to vote: Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav pic.twitter.com/ocFvv0YptL— ANI (@ANI) October 28, 2020
6.28 AM: EC guidelines on conduct of voting
The Election Commission has issued guidelines to ensure safe conduct of voting. These guidelines involve lowering the limit of maximum voters allowed on a polling booth from 1,600 to 1,000, staggering of polling hours, and postal ballots for voters above 80 years of age, or those affected with or suspected as carriers of the deadly disease.