More than two crore voters in Bihar will determine the destiny of 1,066 candidates tomorrow throughout 71 meeting segments within the first section of elections.
Guidelines have been issued by the Election Commission for secure conduct of the electoral train, which takes place within the midst of the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
These embody decreasing the cap on the utmost variety of voters for a polling sales space from 1,600 to 1,000, staggering of polling hours and postal poll facility for these aged above 80, or these bothered with or suspected to be carrying the contagion.
Besides, sanitisation of digital voting machines, sporting of masks and different protecting gear by polling personnel and availability of thermal scanner, hand sanitiser, cleaning soap and water might be ensured.
Of the two.14 crore voters who will vote, 1.01 crore are girls and 599 belong to the third gender, in response to information offered by the Election Commission.
The candidates embody 952 males and 114 girls, the utmost quantity (27) being within the fray at Gaya Town and the minimal (5) at Katoria in Banka district.
Among the most important political events, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s get together JD(U) is contesting in 35 of the 71 seats, adopted by its ally BJP (29), whereas the opposition RJD has fielded its candidates in 42 and its coalition accomplice Congress is within the fray in 20 meeting segments.
Lok Janshakti Party, headed by Chirag Paswan, is within the fray in 41 seats, which embody all of the 35 contested by the JD(U), consistent with the decision given by the younger get together president, who lately pulled out of the NDA within the state, to “dislodge” the chief minister from energy.
Prominent candidates embody Shreyasi Singh, the Commonwealth Games gold medallist shooter who’s making her debut on the age of 27 because the BJP candidate from Jamui.
Chirag Paswan, who represents Jamui Lok Sabha and insists that he stays loyal to the BJP underneath the management of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has assured full assist of his get together to the younger debutant.
Shreyasi Singh is pitted towards Vijay Prakash Yadav of the RJD, the sitting MLA whose elder brother Jaiprakash Narayan Yadav is a former Union minister and a detailed aide of get together supremo Lalu Yadav.
Notably, the previous Union Minister’s 28-year-old daughter Divya Prakash can also be making her debut within the adjoining Tarapur constituency because the candidate of her father’s get together.
Six members of the state cupboard Prem Kumar (Gaya Town), Vijay Kumar Sinha (Lakhisarai), Ram Narayan Mandal (Banka), Krishnanandan Prasad Verma (Jehanabad), Jaikumar Singh (Dinara) and Santosh Kumar Nirala (Rajpur) are within the fray within the first section.
Of the six, Mr Verma, Mr Singh and Mr Nirala belong to the JD(U), whereas the remaining are from the BJP. The JD(U) ministers search to win their seats contending with the LJP issue.
Moreover, KP Verma, who has held key portfolios like training and social welfare, faces the extra problem of wresting an RJD bastion for his get together, having been requested to shift base from Ghosi the place the JD(U) has fielded Rahul Kumar.
Mr Kumar’s father Jagdish Sharma, disqualified upon conviction within the fodder rip-off, had previously represented the Ghosi meeting seat in addition to the Jehanabad Lok Sabha constituency.
The reserved Imamganj seat in Gaya district, which falls underneath Aurangabad Lok Sabha constituency, will see a proverbial conflict of titans.
Former chief minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha president Jitan Ram Manjhi, who’s the NDA candidate, is the sitting MLA.
His bid to retain the seat is challenged by his predecessor Uday Narayan Chaudhary who had been related to the JD(U) until just a few years in the past however is now within the fray because the RJD nominee.
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