Bihar Poll: First Phase Peaceful, 57% Voter Turnout
The first phase voting has wrapped up peacefully in Indian state of Bihar amid tight security with 13,000 polling stations in 49 constituencies putting in fray a total of 583 candidates. The turnout was found to be 57 percent.
In 2010 Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) won 29 seats out of 49 constituencies. However, then it fought the election partnering with BJP. Now the two parties are fighting opposite to each other and contesting in only 24 seats in the first phase. Seventeen seats are being fought by Lalu Yadav’s RJD party and 8 by Congress.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted with an urge to people to vote in large numbers and particularly the youths. Last week he said in a campaign his BJP government in the state will help them to work seamlessly in creating jobs for the youth, ensure overall development, look after the farmers and bring solutions to more problems.
BJP is contesting in 27 seats in the first phase and its ally Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP in thirteen seats. More nine seats are being contested by other allies of BJP.
In today’s poll the BJP-led coalition is targeting to get at least 30 seats.
The Bihar state elections will play an important factor for BJP to build numerical muscle in the upper house of Parliament to push key reforms. Presently it is in minority in the house.
Bihar Elections Detail:
Total voters: 66.8 million
Number of polling stations: 62,779
Voting will be held in five phases from 12 October to 5 November
Votes counted on 8 November