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  • Bihar: 55% turnout recorded in second phase
    The second phase of polling for the Bihar assembly elections saw a 55 per cent turnout on Friday, with voting taking place in 32 constituencies across six districts, 3 per cent higher than the 2010 assembly polls. Like in the first phase, female voters outnumbered their male counterparts. While the women turnout was 57.5 per cent, the number of male voters stood at 52.5 per cent in the second phase. The district-wise turnout was Jehanabad 56.49 per cent, Gaya 55.54 per cent, Aurangabad 52.5 per cent, Rohtas 54.66 per cent, Arwal 53.21 per cent, and Kaimur 57.86 per cent. All the six districts are Maoist-affected areas, but the polls were peaceful with no incidents of violence reported. In view of the Maoist threat, polling ended at 3 pm in 11 constituencies, at 4pm in 12 constituencies, and at 5 pm in the remaining nine. Three phases of the five-phase elections remain, and will be held on October 28, November 1 and November 5. Votes will be counted on November 8. Several pre-election opinion polls have predicted a close contest between the BJP-led NDA and the RJD-JD(U)-Congress grand alliance.  
    2015-10-16 07:46:41 PM
  • RJD rally shocker: Fan falls on Lalu, he escapes unhurt
    RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav narrowly escaped from a potentially serious injury when a ceiling fan crashed on him, brushing his right arm and spilling the tea from the cup he was holding, during an election meeting at Motihari on Friday. Shockingly, the former chief minister was pointing to another wobbly overhead fan above the dais and announcements were being made calling for an electrician when the fan fell down. The incident raises questions about the RJD’s preparation for rallies involving its top leadership as it comes just days after a stage Lalu was on collapsed. Luckily, the RJD chief escaped unhurt on both occasions. Reports say that an angry Lalu gave the security personnel and organisers an earful after Friday’s mishap. 
    2015-10-16 05:44:43 PM
  • Bihar: Sushil Modi slams Lalu's 'gurdwara' remark
    As the war of words between the NDA and grand alliance escalates amid the ongoing Bihar assembly elections, BJP leader Sushil Modi has slammed RJD chief Lalu Prasad for his purported comments that referred to gurdwaras. "By describing his imprisonment as akin to a visit to a gurdwara, Prasad has insulted Sikhs and must apologise for the same without any delay," Sushil Modi said in a statement. The BJP leader claimed that Lalu had described a jail as a “place like a gurdwara which one must visit” for one’s life to be meaningful. He accused the RJD leader of “glorifying” crime and corruption, and warned people about the perils of voting for the grand alliance.
    2015-10-16 05:30:40 PM
  • Defying Maoists, four million vote in Bihar
    Defying Maoist threats, millions voted on Friday in the second round of Bihar's staggered assembly elections that has pitted a BJP-led combine against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's JD-U and allies. Although 23 of the 32 constituencies involved in the second of the five-phase balloting are known to be Maoist hubs, the polling was largely peaceful, officials here said. As many as 456 candidates were in the fray on Friday in the districts of Gaya, the birthplace of Buddhism, Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Arwal, Kaimur and Rohtas, which saw some horrific caste massacres in the 1980s and 1990s. Polling in 11 constituencies, known to be Maoist bastions, ended at 3 p.m. and an hour later in 12 other constituencies where Maoists are active but not that strong. This was to ensure that polling officials and the electronic voting machines leave the area before sunlight fades. Source: IANS
    2015-10-16 04:42:22 PM
  • Modi will lose badly in Bihar, says Kejriwal
    Delhi chief minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has said that the BJP-led NDA was all set to lose the Bihar assembly elections, and Nitish Kumar will continue to occupy the CM’s post. "As per my information, Modiji is losing Bihar elections badly,” Kejriwal tweeted. “Nitishji is winning the polls.” 
    2015-10-16 03:54:55 PM

  • Bihar polls: Hundreds cast votes at women-managed booths
    Hundreds of voters cast their ballots at seven polling booths in Bihar's Gaya district managed by an all-women staff, officials said. "It was something unbelievable till a few years ago, but now seven model polling booths in Gaya town assembly constituency were fully managed by women officials," District Election Officer Sanjay Agarwal said. He said polling is underway in a peaceful manner there. "The presiding officer, the micro observers, the polling agent as well as the security personnel are all women," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-10-16 03:37:27 PM
  • NPP, BJP make a comeback in Meghalaya election
    eghalaya's political stalwart P.A. Sangma and his National People's Party (NPP) on Thursday made a strong comeback in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), defeating the ruling Congress party. Sangma's alliance partner, the BJP, which fielded six candidates, opened its account in the council by winning one seat in a straight contest in ZikZak constituency. BJP candidate Bhupendra B. Hajong defeated Congress nominee Jogadish Ch Hajong by 935 votes. Elections were held on Monday for the 29 seats of the 30-member GHADC amid a boycott by various pressure groups and a militant outfit to protest against the participation of non-indigenous tribals. The government nominates one seat. Source: IANS
    2015-10-16 03:19:54 PM
  • NCP quits Third Front, citing Mulayam’s 'pro-BJP' statements
    The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has decided to walk out of the so-called Third Front in the middle of the Bihar assembly elections. NCP general secretary and MP Tariq Anwar said the decision was taken in reaction to purported "pro-BJP" statements made by Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Mulayam Singh Yadav. NCP and SP were part of the six-party Third Front. Anwar described Mulayam’s statements as “sad and unfortunate”.
    2015-10-16 03:14:22 PM
  • Bihar: 29.9% turnout in first four hours of second phase
    The first four hours of polling in the second phase of assembly elections in Bihar have seen a 29.9% turnout. District-wise the polling percentages till 11am are Jehanabad 26%, Gaya 35.4%, Aurangabad 33.1%, Rohtas 29%, Arwal 27.4% and Kaimur 28.5%. All the six districts are Maoist affected areas. The polling has been peaceful so far. Except for a few instances of EVM machine malfunction, the polling is going smoothly. One of the most keenly watched battles is at the Imamganj reserved SC seat, where former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi is up against the outgoing assembly Speaker Uday Narain Chaudhary. Nearly 1,000 companies of central paramilitary forces and state police have been deployed to ensure peaceful voting in the six districts, including 334 companies in Gaya, 201 in Rohtas and 193 in Aurangabad.  
    2015-10-16 11:36:56 AM
  • Bihar: Second phase of polling for 32 seats begins
    The second phase of polling for the Bihar assembly elections started at 7am. Some 86 lakh voters will decide the fate of 456 candidates across 32 constituencies in six Maoist-affected districts. Voting is underway at 9,119 polling stations in Kaimur, Rohtas, Arwal, Jehanabad, Aurangabad and Gaya districts.  Given the security concerns, voting will end at 3pm in 11 constituencies, at 4pm in 12 constituencies, and at 5pm in the remaining nine. The battle for Bihar is essentially a contest between the BJP-led NDA and the JD(U)-RJD-Congress grand alliance. 
    2015-10-16 08:04:15 AM



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