Bihar: Campaign ends for first phase; polls on 28 October

Campaigning in the first phase of Bihar assembly election 2020 ended on Monday as the state goes to polls from October 28. Photo: Sahid Faris/Maktoob

Campaigning in the first phase of Bihar assembly election 2020 ended on Monday as the state goes to polls from October 28.

Several prominent leaders such as chief minister Nitish Kumar, RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav, LJP’s Chirag Paswan, and BJP chief JP Nadda have addressed election rallies across 71 Assembly constituencies in 6 districts, that are going to vote on Wednesday.

The 6 districts include naxal-hit Gaya, Rohtas and Aurangabad.

Altogether 1066 candidates are in the fray for the first phase of elections.

RJD is contesting on 42 of the 71 seats in the first phase while JD(U) candidates are in 41 constituencies and BJP (29), Congress (21) and LJP (41) are in fray.

The Wednesday’s polls will decide fate of nearly half-a-dozen ministers of current cabinet- Krishnandan Varma, Prem Kumar, Jay Kumar Singh, Santosh Kumar Nirala, Vijay Sinha and Ram Narayan Mandal.

While addressing media, RJD leader and Grand Alliance’s chief ministerial candidate Tejashwi Yadav said: “Inflation is the biggest issue. BJP people used to wear a garland of onions. Now it’s about to touch Rs 100/kg. There’s unemployment, starvation is rising, small traders are destroyed, poverty is rising. GDP is falling, we’re going through an economic crisis.”

During his rally today, CM Nitish Kumar requested voters to bring back the JD(U) in power. Targeting the RJD over ‘dynasty politics,’ 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.”

In an election rally on Monday, Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan alleged corruption in Nitish Kumars flagship ‘Saat Nishchay’ (seven resolves) scheme and said if voted to power he will get it probed and send to jail those found guilty, including the chief minister.

BJP chief J P Nadda launched an indirect attack on LJP and said some people are trying to make a dent in the NDA alliance during the ongoing polls in Bihar.

“Some people indulge in conspiracies during elections. They want to make a dent in the NDA. On one hand, they criticise Chief Minister Nitish Kumar but on the other they praise Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said.