The BJP has sought legal action against Congress MP Rahul Gandhi after the latter’s tweet on Wednesday seeking votes for Mahagatbandhan candidates in the Bihar election. Rahul Gandhi posted the tweet on Wednesday when the voting was underway for 71 Assembly constituencies in Bihar.
Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “This time for justice, employment, farmers-workers, your vote should be only for ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance).Good wishes to all of you on the first phase of Bihar elections.”
Following the tweet, BJP has written to the Election Commission seeking legal action against Rahul Gandhi for violating the Model Code of Conduct. In its letter, the BJP has said: “It is requested to take legal action against him for violation of Model Code of Conduct.”
Notably, the Model Code of Conduct prevents politicians and political parties from seeking votes on the day of polling.
Voter turnout of 46.29% till 3 pm
The Bihar polls are being held in three phases — October 28, November 3 and November 7. The results will be out on November 10.
Voting for the first phase of Bihar election began on Wednesday. Under the first phase, voting in 71 Assembly constituencies is being held amid tight security and COVID-19 safety protocols.
Voter turnout of 46.29 per cent was recorded till 3 pm in the first phase of Bihar election.
The data provided by the Election Commission provides that nearly 2.15 crore electors are eligible to exercise their voting rights. Of this, 1.12 crore are male, 1.01 crore female and 599 are categorised as the third gender.
The candidates in the fray in the first phase include 952 men and 114 women.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Bihar voters to follow safety protocols related to COVOD-19 while exercising their franchise.
33 sensitive constituencies in first phase
As many as 33 of the constituencies going to polls in the first phase have been declared as “sensitive or hypersensitive” constituencies, the poll panel said.
It said 31,371 polling stations have been set up in this phase and as many Electronic Voting Machines and Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines will be used.
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