Bihar Elections 2020: First Two Hours Witness 7.17% Voter Turnout

Bihar is the first state to go into polling during the Coronavirus pandemic and a 7.17% participation from voters was recorded in the first two hours

Raghav N

October 28, 2020

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The first phase of voting for the Bihar assembly elections began today morning. In the first two hours till 9.30 am, the voter turnout was 7.17%. Many of those standing in line to cast their choice of political party in the state spoke about the need for the new government to eliminate hunger and unemployment caused due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The contest is largely between the Bhratiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal (United) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Mahagathbandhan comprising Tejashwi Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Indian National Congress (INC). Lok Janshakti Party President Chirag Paswan walked out from the NDA due to his aversion to the alliance’s chief ministerial candidate Nitish Kumar. Paswan has also fielded candidates on 41 seats, of which 17 contestants will directly face their JD(U) counterparts.

Bihar has become the first state to conduct polls in the COVID19 era. With 243 assembly seats across the region, the polling in 71 assembly constituencies in 16 districts has commenced today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the state’s population to observe all the Corona protocols while going to vote.

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