Bihar Elections 2020 HIGHLIGHTS | 53.51% polling recorded in second phase, says EC

In these 94 seats, spread across 17 districts, 1,463 candidates are in the fray and nearly 10 per cent (146) are women and one transgender.

Published: 03rd November 2020 07:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd November 2020 07:32 PM   |  A+A-

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Women show their fingers marked with indelible ink after casting their votes for the second phase of Bihar Assembly Elections in Muzaffarpur district. (Photo | PTI)

By Online Desk

The second phase of assembly polls in Bihar ended with 53.51 per cent voting in 94 constituencies on Tuesday evening.  

In these 94 seats, spread across 17 districts, 1,463 candidates are in the fray and nearly 10 per cent (146) are women and one transgender.

The polling for the second phase will seal the fate of many high-profile candidates including the RJD's CM candidate Tejashwi Yadav, his brother Tej Pratap Yadav, four ministers from the current JDU government and the son of senior politician and actor Shatrughan Sinha, Luv, among others.

Amid voting, the high-voltage campaigning also took place throughout the day with PM Narendra Modi, JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressing rallies in the state.

The first phase, that took place on October 28, had recorded nearly 54 per cent voter turnout. 

07:10 Nov 3

2nd phase ends, 53.51% recorded till 7 PM

05:40 Nov 3

We are winning: Union Minister R K Singh

05:34 Nov 3

Union Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey, wife cast vote in Bhagalpur

05:34 Nov 3

5 PM voter turnout in Bihar polls

46.78 per cent voter turnout recorded till 5 pm in the second phase of Bihar Elections 2020.

04:12 Nov 3

It's time to rectify the mistake of voting for Nitish and Modi, says Rahul Gandhi in Katihar


03:42 Nov 3

44.51 per cent voter turnout recorded till 3 pm in the second phase of Bihar Elections

03:23 Nov 3

Onions hurled at CM Nitish Kumar during his rally in Madhubani district of Bihar

02:23 Nov 3

Shotgun casts his vote in Patna

Veteran actor and Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha shows his finger marked with indelible ink after he casted his vote for the 2nd phase of Bihar Assembly polls in Patna. (Photo | PTI)
02:18 Nov 3

Those against Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Jai Shri Ram are asking for votes: PM Modi

There is a group of people that doesn't want you to say 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' or 'Jai Shri Ram.' All of them have now come together & asking for votes from the people of Bihar. There's a need to give a befitting answer to such people in Bihar Elections 2020: PM Modi in Saharsa.

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01:36 Nov 3

At 1 pm, voter turnout is at 32.82 per cent, check full list below


01:35 Nov 3

Local products will reach global markets: PM Modi at Saharsa rally

01:10 Nov 3

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad votes in Patna

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and his wife Maya Shankar vote in Patna. (Photo | Ranjit K Dey)
12:59 Nov 3

NDA in Bihar has met people's needs, it will meet their aspirations: PM Narendra Modi

In the backdrop of young voters' much talked about dissatisfaction with what has been achieved by the government in the last 15 years, Modi said, "The last decade was spent in fulfilling avashyaktaaein (needs). The current one shall be devoted to meeting the aspirations (aakankshaaein)." (READ MORE)

12:55 Nov 3

BSF official dies of heart attack at a Bihar polling booth

A Sub Inspector of the Border Security Force (BSF) on duty at a polling booth in the Lalganj assembly seat died of heart attack Tuesday, police and hospital sources said.

The security man felt acute pain in chest while he was on duty at booth number 181 following which he was taken to Hajipur sadar hospital, they said. 

(PTI inputs)

12:50 Nov 3

Bihar has become 'Lalumay': RJD leader Tej Pratap Yadav

Regarding the chances of Mahagathbandhan's success in the Bihar elections, RJD scion said, "People want a total change and tussle is, after all, a part of politics. People want Mahagathbandan and Tejashvi as the CM." (READ MORE)

12:40 Nov 3

PM Modi praised the people of Bihar for voting in large numbers

Not just the country, Bihar is giving a message to the world. In COVID times, people are coming out in huge numbers to vote. This is democracy's power and every Bihari's devotion to it. Think tanks around the world will evaluate how deeply democracy is entrenched in Indian minds, says PM Modi

(ANI inputs)

12:15 Nov 3
12:11 Nov 3

We plan to build 50 lakh houses for the poor: PM Modi

The NDA government works to solve all the problems of all Bihar people. We plan to give 50 lakh homes for the poor: PM Modi

11:58 Nov 3

Congress made too many promises but haven't fulfilled even one: PM Modi

Remember before 10 years, they said Garibi hatao, if election came Congress said farmers will get loan waivers, when they meet traders - the message will be tax reduction. They made too many promises, in 10 years, they have not fulfilled even one of the promises: PM Modi

Today, Congress doesn't have 100 MPs even if you together Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, he added.

11:48 Nov 3
11:17 Nov 3

PM Modi starts campaign for third phase of elections in Forbesganj, Bihar

This will be PM Modi's last campaign day in Bihar and he will be addressing one more rally.

11:11 Nov 3

Do vote, a new government of your choice is formed: Rahul Gandhi

Taking to Twitter, the former Congress chief said that he will be in Bihar's Korha and Kishanganj on Tuesday and will talk about issues such as "growing unemployment", problems faced by farmers and a "weak economy". (READ MORE)

11:06 Nov 3

'Youth are ready, Bihar will change': Kanhaiya Kumar

10:58 Nov 3

EC team heads to booth on boat to solve technical snags in VVPAT

Technical glitch detected in VVPAT at polling booth no. 201 at Salaha Chandan village on Fuhia Ghat in Samastipur.

10:47 Nov 3

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Just as in the heartland state of Bihar, where incumbent Nitish Kumar, though propped up by Modi’s BJP, is suddenly facing an unprecedented challenge from young Tejashwi Yadav, who’s aiming to be like Korak, the son of Tarzan, replaying the deeds of his redoubtable father Lalu Prasad, with an umbrella coalition with the Congress and Left. (READ MORE)

10:36 Nov 3
10:26 Nov 3

Dilemma for migrants: Chhath with family or food to eat

According to the state government, about 22 lakh migrant workers returned home by 1,600 special Shramik trains during the lockdown, with East Champaran district recording the highest figure of 1.53 lakh. The actual numbers are said to be much higher as thousands of workers left jobless overnight, walked and reached home even before the government began the exercise to map the returning migrants.  (READ MORE)

10:15 Nov 3

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar casts his vote in Patna

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar (Photo | Ranjit K Dey)
10:03 Nov 3

6 lakh first time voters part of Patna electorate

In Patna, the turn up of the first time voters started gaining momentum with the start of polling. This time around 6 lakh first time voters are casting their votes.

(ENS inputs)

09:48 Nov 3

Voter turnout at 9 AM

The voter turnout data released by ECI stated that at 9 AM around 8.05 per cent polling had taken place.

In the first phase of voting on October 9, the voter turnout was only near 7 per cent. 

(ENS inputs) 

09:44 Nov 3

'Sushil ji just came, voted and left. He's VVIP': Voter calls out Hypocrisy

09:37 Nov 3

Mahagadhbandhan CM candidate Tejashwi Yadav casts his vote

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, his mother Rabri Devi leave the polling booths after casting their votes.(Photo | Ranjit K Dey)
09:29 Nov 3

IN PICS | Here are 5 key issues that will make up the mind of voters

Unemployment: According to CMIE data, the unemployment rate in Bihar is 10.2 per cent in September 2020. The number is higher than the national average and is among the lowest ranked states. With the reverse migration, the need to create jobs becomes more important issue for the state ahead of the elections. (READ MORE)

09:19 Nov 3

Vote in large numbers: PM Modi

09:01 Nov 3

Young, first time voters turn up at booth

Mayank Singh, college student from Ashoka university, after casting his vote said that it was a great feeling to be take part in festival of democracy.

In neighbouring Hajipur-the district headquarters of Vaishali, voters were seen coming out, especially the young and the first time voters.

(ENS inputs)

First time voter being given certificate of appreciation by official in Patna.
08:47 Nov 3

First time voter says 'hope we'll have more employment'

08:03 Nov 3

Bihar Dy CM Sushil Kumar Modi votes, asks people to follow covid norms

Bihar Dy CM Sushil Kumar Modi casts his vote in Bihar elections 2020 phase 2. (Photo | Ranjit K Dey)
07:48 Nov 3

Masks, temperature check, sanitize and vote!

07:43 Nov 3

LJP leader Chirag Paswan casts his vote

07:30 Nov 3

Bihar Governor appeals people to vote in large numbers

07:23 Nov 3

In Raghopur, Tejashwi Yadav's CM prospects carry much weight

 Earlier, voters were angry with Tejashwi who had seldom visited Raghopur since his election in 2015. But they are now warming to him as a future chief minister.  (READ MORE)

07:08 Nov 3

Party positions across 94 segments as voting begins

The RJD has 56 candidates in the fray this phase, the BJP 46, the JD(U) 43, the RLSP 36 and the Congress 24.

This phase is also very crucial for Chirag Paswan- led Lok Janshakti Party which has fielded 52 candidates.

In the outgoing assembly, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) holds only 20 of the 94 seats that are up for grabs.


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