The stage is set for the second phase of Bihar elections in which 2.85 crore voters are eligible to decide the fate of nearly 1,500 candidates. Voting will take place on November 3 in 94 assembly seats spread across 17 districts.
Out of the total 1,463 candidates in the second phase, 1,316 are men, 146 are women and one is transgender. The Election Commission said it has set up a total of 41,362 booths at 18,823 polling stations.
Tejashwi Yadav – Former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar and son of Lalu Yadav is contesting from the Raghopur seat. The seat is considered an RJD stronghold. He is the CM candidate for the grand alliance. BJP has fielded Satish Kumar, who defeated Rabri Devi in 2010 by more than 5000 votes.
Tej Pratap Yadav – He the eldest son of former Chief Minister Lalu Yadav. He is trying his luck from Hasanpur in Samastipur district, shifting his base from Mahua in Vaishali. His opponent is two-time JD(U) MLA Raj Kumar Rai and LJP has fielded Manish Kumar to make it a triangular contest.
Nand Kishore Yadav – He is the Road Construction Minister in the Bihar cabinet. He is contesting from the Patna Sahib constituency for the seventh consecutive time. He has been fielded by the BJP. In 2015, he had won by 2,792 votes against his nearest rival, Santosh Mehta of RJD.
Mandakini Chaudhary – She holds an MBA degree, and is contesting from Harlakhi vidhan sabha in Madhubani district as an independent. Mandakini declined multiple lucrative job offers and took a political plunge with a vow to bring a change in the lives of the poor. After obtaining a graduation degree from Patna Women’s College in 2007, Mandakini joined the ICFAI Business School, Kolkata to get a management degree in Finance and Marketing. In 2013, she completed her Executive MBA in Rural Management from IIBM.
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To allow more free movement of voters, polling time has been increased by 1 hour. It’ll be held from 7 am-6 pm, instead of 7 am-5 pm earlier.
COVID-19 patients who’re quarantined will be able to cast their vote on the last day of the poll under the supervision of health authorities
All physical contact has been prohibited
Not more than 1,000 voters can vote at one polling station
Logistics at polling stations
MASKS: 46 Lac
PPE KITS: 6 Lac
FACE SHIELDS: 6.7 Lac
HAND GLOVES: 23 Lac
The fight is between NDA, which consists of the BJP – JD(U), and Mahagathbandhan, which is made up of RJD, Congress, and Left parties.
The districts in which polls will be held in the second phase are West Champaran, East Champaran, Sheohar, Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj, Siwan, Saran, Vaishali, Samastipur, Begusarai, Khagaria, Bhagalpur, Nalanda, and Patna.