Bihar will vote on October 28, November 3 and 7 for a new government.
The campaigning for the first phase of the high-decibel Bihar Assembly Elections will end today evening.
The ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), comprising, among others, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal(United), is up against the opposition ''Mahagathbandhan,'' comprising the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress and Left parties.
Top leaders of both the alliances are making a last-ditch effort to seek the voters as only one day is left for campaigning for the first phase of elections. Political bigwigs Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also addressed rallies on Friday.
Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar is the NDA's chief ministerial face and is engaged in holding rallies one after the other.
A total of 71 assembly constituencies spread over 16 districts will go to polls in the first phase of elections on October 28 and 31,000 polling station have been established. As per the Election Commission, in the first phase of elections, the fate of 1,066 candidates will be decided by 2,14,6,960 voters. Security has been tightened in Naxal-affected areas.
Bihar will vote on October 28, November 3 and 7 for a new government and the results will be announced on November 10.
Here are the Highlights on poll campaigning for Bihar Election:
Storm in favour of Grand Alliance in Bihar: Congress leader
Senior Congress leader Rajeev Shukla has claimed that there is a storm in favour of the RJD-headed Grand Alliance in Bihar now, which is akin to the pro-Narendra Modi wave during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
The "unexpected and unprecedented" poll outcome of Bihar is going to have an impact in the entire country as the mandate will change people's mind everywhere, Mr Shukla said.
"As per the information I received, there is not a wave, but a storm for the Grand Alliance. There is a storm blowing in favour of Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and the Congress-led alliance, which is similar to Narendra Modi's wave during 2014 Lok Sabha elections," Mr Shukla said.
Borders of India secure under PM Modi's leadership: JP Nadda
BJP president JP Nadda, addressing a public rally in Aurangabad in Bihar, said that the country is safe under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Mr Nadda said: "Aren't all borders of the country secure under Prime Minister Narendra Modi''s leadership? In the last six years, 4,700 km long 4-lane roads have been constructed from Arunachal Pradesh to the Galwan so that jawans can reach the borders without delay, whenever needed."
He also said: "When our leaders speak they talk about development. But remember 15 years ago when polls were being fought in the state candidates spoke about caste, religion and about dividing people. When Narendra Modi came he changed the culture of Indian politics."
Rahul Gandhi to address two rallies in Bihar on Wednesday
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will be addressing two rallies in Bihar on October 28, in Valmikinagar and Kusheshwar Asthan.
The Bihar Assembly elections will be held in three phases on October 28, November 3 and November 7. The counting of votes will be held on November 10.
Bihar Polls: Mayawati Seeks Votes For BSP, Alliance Partners
Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati has appealed to the people of Bihar to vote for BSP and its alliance partners. "Preparations for the first phase of the Bihar Assembly elections began today with the end of the election campaign. Therefore, there is an appeal to everyone that they should make the BSP and RLSP, etc. coalition successful by giving their vote, while staying away from all kinds of tactics and conspiracies of the opponents," Mayawati tweeted.
Tejashwi Yadav's "Onion Garland" For BJP In Last Mile Of Bihar Campaign
Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav this morning was seen holding up a garland of onions, hitting out at the centre over the rising prices of the vegetable. Mr Yadav's attack comes two days before Bihar votes in the first phase of the assembly election. Read Here
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar requested voters to bring back the JD(U) in power. Targeting the RJD he said, "A few of them are only bothered about their immediate family. But I consider the entire state as my family and hence working for its development."
RJD Supporters During Tejaswi Yadav's Rally
Nitish Kumar Addresses Rally in Muzaffarpur
Bihar Elections: JP Nadda To Address Public Meetings In Bihar Today
BJP president JP Nadda will address public meetings in Bihar's Poornia and Aurangabad districts.
"Jail Right Place For Him": Chirag Paswan Sharpens Attack On Nitish Kumar
Two days before the Bihar election, Chirag Paswan, stepping up his attacks on Nitish Kumar over allegations of corruption, said he believed "jail is the right place" for the Chief Minister. "It is not possible that Nitish Kumar was not involved in scams," the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader told news agency ANI on his coalition partner-turned-chief target. Read Here
Those who were speaking about onion when it touched Rs 50-60/kg are now silent when it has crossed Rs 80/kg. Farmers are being destroyed, youth is unemployed, Bihar is poor and people are migrating for education, jobs & medical help. Starvation is on a rise: Tejashwi Yadav, RJD
Bihar Election: For "Nitish-Free Government", Chirag Paswan's Message To BJP Voters
Chirag Paswan, whose rebellion against Nitish Kumar and his Janata Dal United is speculated to be backed by the BJP, stepped up his campaign today, seeking votes even from the BJP voters who do not support the Chief Minister. His tweet this morning read: "I request you to please vote for LJP candidates to implement #Bihar1stBihari1st. Everywhere else vote for the BJP. The coming government will be a #Nitish-free government." Read Here
Bihar Elections: Campaigning for First Phase of Elections to End Today
Campaigning for the first phase of Bihar Elections will end today. The state will vote on October 28, November 3 and 7 for a new government and the results will be announced on November 10.