Bihar Assembly elections: Second phase of polling begins

Patna: Voting in 94 of the total 243 assembly seats in Bihar is under way today during the second phase of State elections in which over 2.85 crore voters will decide the fate of 1,463 candidates in fray.

The fate of brothers Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) will be decided today.

Tejashwi, the younger of the two siblings, is the RJD’s Chief Ministerial candidate and anointed heir of Lalu Prasad. Tejashwi’s main rival is Satish Kumar of the BJP from Vaishali’s Raghopur constituency where a total of 14 candidates are in the fray.

Tej Pratap is pitted against two-time MLA Raj Kumar Ray of the JD(U) from Samastipur’s Hasanpur constituency, which has eight candidates.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today encouraged voters to come out in large numbers to cast their votes as polling began for Phase 2 of Bihar Assembly elections and for 54 other seats in 10 other States.

“Today, there are by-polls taking place in various places across India. I urge those voting in these seats to vote in large numbers and strengthen the festival of democracy,” he said.


NT Bureau