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53.51 % voter turnout in second-phase of Bihar election

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The second phase of the Assembly elections was held in Bihar on Tuesday. Of the 2.85 crore voters in the 94 Assembly seats that went to polls on Tuesday, nearly 53.51 per cent of people exercised their voting rights. Voter turnout was 56.91 per cent in 2015.

Among the 17 districts where elections were held on Tuesday, Muzaffarpur recorded the highest voting percentage of 41.25 per cent. The lowest turnout of 26.73 per cent was recorded from Darbhanga, according to the Election Commission’s Voter Turnout App.

Only 28 per cent voters cast vote in Patna

Only 28 per cent voters cast their vote in Patna. The estimated overall turnout at 1 pm was 32.82 per cent, the poll panel data said.

Vaishali district’s Raghopur, from where RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav is contesting the elections in the second phase, has recorded 36.09 per cent votes in the first six hours.

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Hasanpur, from where Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav is in the fray, has recorded an estimated 38.83 per cent votes till 1 pm. Thirty-one per cent voting was recorded in Parsa from where JDU’s Chandrika Roy, the father of Tej Pratap’s estranged wife Aishwarya, is contesting.

Prominent personalities cast vote in second phase of Bihar election

Prominent personalities including Governor Phagu Chauhan, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, Mahagathbandhan’s CM face Tejashwi Yadav, and LJP chief Chirag Paswan have already cast their votes in respective polling booths.

Kumar did not speak to the media waiting outside the polling station, while Tejashwi said after casting the ballot that people are “angry” with the government and they will vote for education, health, irrigation and law and order.

Former CM and Lalu Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi said Bihar needed change.

Polling began at 7 am, but the time for its conclusion has been extended by one hour till 6 pm to facilitate Covid-19 patients and those with symptoms of the disease to exercise their franchise during the final hour.

 

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