A voter turnout of 51.68% was recorded till 5 PM in the first phase of Bihar assembly polls on Wednesday, the Election Commission said in its provisional data. Polling was held in 71 assembly constituencies amid tight security and COVID-19 guidelines properly followed.
Earlier on Wednesday, hitting the campaign trail, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accused PM Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of not doing enough for the development of the state. “Generally, on Dussehra, Ravana’s effigies are burnt, but this year in Punjab, effigies of PM Modi, Ambani and Adani were seen burning. What is the reason behind this? It’s a big thing and a sad thing that it is happening with the Prime Minister of India. Bihar doesn’t have adequate jobs, facilities, and its not your fault. This is the fault of your chief minister and prime minister,” said Rahul addressing a rally in Pashchim Champaran.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tore into the opposition RJD in Bihar, calling its chief ministerial candidate Tejashwi Yadav the “Yuvraj” (crown prince) of “jungle raj” and attacking him over the promise of 10 lakh government jobs. He cautioned people against the double whammy Bihar could face if those responsible for having turned the state “beemar” (sick) were voted to power amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing a virtual rally in Patna, PM Modi said: “In this difficult time of the pandemic, Bihar needs to maintain a stable government. A government that will ensure the development and good governance.”
Earlier in separate rallies in Darbangha, Muzzafarpur, PM Modi invoked Ayodhya’s Ram Temple and targeted Mahagatbandhan’s ‘jungle raj’.
The fate of more than one thousand candidates in these constituencies will be decided by more than two crore voters on Wednesday. Out of about 2.15 crore voters eligible to exercise the franchise, 1.12 crore are male, 1.01 crore are women and 599 are from the third gender, reports Indian Express.