Bihar Goes On Poll Tomorrow; 13.5 Million Votors; 583 Candidates
To ensure fair and free voting tomorrow in Bihar’s first phase election, a total of 120,000 security personnel from central paramilitary forces have been deployed. It is something of a massive security arrangement for the 49 assembly seats on October 12.
It is also learned authorities will be using helicopters, drones, motor boats and mounted police too to keep an eye on the poling day scheduled to be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the Maoist-hit areas the duration has been squeezed till 3 p.m.
The first phase polling has been spread over 10 districts and most of those are places are Maoist-affected. This is the reason the authorities are taking up some addition caution.
All the polling booths will be equipped with central paramilitary forces to help voters exercise the franchise smoothly.
Bihar’s additional chief electoral officer R. Laxmanan said there are 13.5 million voters in the state. Fate of 583 candidates is in the fray. There are 54 women candidates.
In the 2010 state election the Janata Dal United (JDU) won 29 seats out of 49 and BJP emerged victorious in thirteen. However, then both the parties fought in alliance unlike this time when they are combating against each other. This has made the political scenario of Bihar more interesting.
The elections this time are set to test the political prowess of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Meanwhile, earlier today Indian community in New York’s Times Square gathered to discuss about Bihar election and show their support for BJP-led government.