Bihar Assembly Elections 2020: Bihar is voting in the second phase of the assembly polls.

New Delhi:

Bihar recorded a voter turnout of 44.5 per cent till 3 pm in the second phase of state Assembly elections today, according to the Election Commission of India.

In his fourth visit to the state in recent weeks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi exuded confidence that the BJP and JD(U) alliance would return to power in Bihar. His remarks came at a time when polling is underway in 94 seats in the second phase. RJD leader and Mahagathbandhan’s chief ministerial face Tejashwi Yadav and four ministers from Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Cabinet are in the fray along with 1,447 other candidates. 

Voting began at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm, unlike in previous elections in which it ended an hour earlier. The times have been extended to facilitate COVID-19 patients and those with symptoms of the disease to exercise their franchise in the last hour.

Polling will, however, conclude early in naxal-hit areas. Voting is simultaneously taking place for the Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha seat by-poll, which was necessitated by the death of sitting JD(U) lawmaker Baidyanath Mahto.

Voting is also underway for bypolls to 54 assembly constituencies in 10 states, including crucial 28 seats in Madhya Pradesh.

Here are the Live updates on Bihar Election 2020 Phase 2 Voting:

Bihar Assembly Election: 44.5 Per Cent Voting Recorded Till 3 PM
44.5 per Cent voting recorded till 3 pm in phase 2 of Bihar election. Voting began at 7 am but the time for its conclusion has been extended by one hour, till 6 pm, to facilitate COVID-19 patients and those with symptoms of the disease to exercise their franchise in the last hour.

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted saying, “The massive crowd gathered at Rahul Gandhi’s public meeting in Kishanganj, Bihar is proof of change.”

We got reports of violence at few places away from polling booths. These incidents haven’t affected polling. We are probing the videos of firing and have arrested few people:  SP Morena Anurag Sujaniya on violence during bypolls in Morena, Madhya Pradesh.

People queue up at a polling booth in Chapra for voting in the second phase of Bihar Election 2020.

Bihar Elections 2020: Officials Take Boat To Reach Bihar Polling Booth As VVPAT Develops Glitch
A team of Election Commission officials were seen taking a boat, crossing a river to reach a polling booth in a remote region of Bihar’s Samastipur as the state votes today in the second phase of the assembly election. A VVPAT or paper trail voting machine had developed a fault at a polling booth in a village in Samastipur district, 85 km from state capital Patna. Read Here

Big names such as Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Mahagathbandhan’s chief minister face Tejashwi Yadav, and LJP chief Chirag Paswan have already cast their votes in respective polling booths.

Bihar Assembly Election: 32.8 Per Cent Voting Recorded Till 1 PM
32.8 per Cent voting recorded till 1pm in phase 2 of Bihar election. Voting began at 7 am but the time for its conclusion has been extended by one hour, till 6 pm, to facilitate COVID-19 patients and those with symptoms of the disease to exercise their franchise in the last hour.
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 and 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.

“Not Even 100 In Two Houses”: PM Mocks Congress’s Parliament Tally

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, campaigning in Bihar today, mocked the Congress for not adding up to 100 members even in both houses of parliament combined. “Today the Congress is in such a state that if you combine the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, even then they don’t have 100 MPs,” PM Modi said at a rally in Forbesganj, on a day Bihar is voting in the second round of three-phase polls to elect a new government. Read Here
‘Vocal for local’ is a campaign that will change the lives of the local artisans. It is a way with which our local products will gradually become a part of the global market: PM Modi at an election rally in Saharsa.

It is the power of every single vote that will guarantee a bright future for the state of Bihar. Each and every vote is very important and powerful: PM Modi at an election rally in Saharsa. 

There’s a wave of change. I am confident the results will be in favour of Luv Sinha and development in Bihar: Shatrughan Sinha, Congress. Shatrughan Sinha’s son, Luv Sinha is the Congress candidate from Bankipur, Patna.

Bihar Assembly Election: 19.3 per Cent Voting Recorded Till 11 AM
19.3 per Cent voting recorded till 11 am in phase 2 of Bihar election. Voting began at 7 am but the time for its conclusion has been extended by one hour, till 6 pm, to facilitate COVID-19 patients and those with symptoms of the disease to exercise their franchise in the last hour.
Bihar Polls: “NDA Again, Bihar Has Decided,” Says Prime Minister Amid Voting
Bihar is set to re-elect the NDA (National Democratic Alliance), Prime Minister Narendra Modi said this morning as he visited the state for the fourth time since the start of a fierce election campaign. His remarks came amid voting in 94 of the state’s 243 assembly seats for the second phase of the three-phased state elections, the biggest in India after the novel coronavirus pandemic began. Read Here
Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans deployed in Khagaria, Siwan and Saran districts help differently-abled voters at polling booths during the second phase of state assembly elections. 

Bihar Assembly Election: Ravi Shankar Prasad Cast His Vote In Patna
Union Minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad cast his vote in Patna.

In the last decade, every house in the state of Bihar got electricity and gas connections. Now, from 2021 to 2030, it is time to fulfill more aspirations of the people of Bihar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a public rally in Forbesganj in Araria district.

Not just the country, Bihar is giving message to the world. In times of coronavirus, 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: PM Modi.

Bihar Elections 2020: PM Modi Addresses Rally In Bihar
Voting for the second phase of Bihar Elections is being held today, and I have been informed that the polling percentage till 10 am is higher as compared to the voter turnout in previous polls: PM Narendra Modi at a public rally in Forbesganj in Araria district.
Bihar Elections 2020: Voting underway in 94 constituencies across 17 districts in the second phase of Bihar Assembly polls.

Bihar Polls: Election Commission Technical Team Goes To Polling Booth In A Boat

A team of Election Commission officials were seen taking a boat, crossing a river to reach a polling booth in a remote region of Bihar’s Samastipur as the state votes today in the second phase of the assembly election.

BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia cast his vote for the by-election to the state assembly constituency.

MoS Home and BJP leader Nityanand Rai cast his vote at a polling booth in Karanpura, Hajipur assembly constituency.

Bihar Assembly Election:”Nitish Kumar Will Never Be Chief Minister Again,” Chirag Paswan Bets
Chirag Paswan, after voting in the second round of the Bihar election today, said he “could give in writing” that Nitish Kumar will never be Chief Minister again. Read Here
Bihar Assembly Election: 7.7 per Cent Voting Recorded Till 9 AM

7.7 per Cent voting recorded till 9 am in phase 2 of Bihar election. Voting began at 7 am but the time for its conclusion has been extended by one hour, till 6 pm, to facilitate COVID-19 patients and those with symptoms of the disease to exercise their franchise in the last hour.

Voting for 2nd phase of Bihar Elections underway at polling booth no. 49 at St Joseph School in Rajendra Nagar. A local at the polling booth says, “We’ve been waiting for our turn to cast our vote, but Sushil Modi just came, cast his vote and left. He’s a VVIP.”

Kanhaiya Kumar, former JNUSU President casts his vote in Begusarai’s Masnadpur for Teghra assembly seat.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi casts his vote at polling booth no. 49 at St Joseph High School in Rajendra Nagar, Patna, in the second phase of Bihar Elections.

Bihar Elections: “Everyone Should Come To Cast Vote,” Says Nitish Kumar
Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar casts his vote in the second phase of Bihar Polls, at a government school in Digha.  

Bihar Elections: Confident People Will Bring Change With Power Of Their Vote, Says Tejashwi Yadav
I appeal to people to take part in this festival of democracy. I am confident people will bring change with the power of their vote: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav in Patna.
Bihar Election 2020: I Appeal To People To Cast Their Vote, Says Tej Pratap Yadav
RJD leader Tej Pratap Yadav who is contesting from the Hasanpur seat in the Bihar assembly elections, says, “The public wants a change in Bihar. I appeal to people to cast their vote.”
Bihar Voting Today: RJD leaders Tejashwi Yadav, Rabri Devi Arrive At Polling Booth
RJD leaders Tejashwi Yadav and Rabri Devi arrive at polling booth number 160 in Patna to cast their vote in the 2nd phase of Bihar elections. “There is need for change and development in Bihar,” says Rabri Devi, former Bihar chief minister and RJD leader.

Congress candidate for RR Nagar by-poll, Kusuma H cast her vote at polling centre set up in JSPU College.

Bihar Voting Today: Police personnel Assists Senior Citizen Voter
A police personnel assists a senior citizen voter who arrived to cast her vote in the second phase of Bihar assembly elections.
“Strengthen Democracy”: PM’s Appeal On Bihar Polls
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will be campaigning in Bihar today, this morning appealed to the voters to step out in large numbers while adhering to the government-mandated social distancing norms to check spread of coronavirus. This is PM Modi’s fourth visit to the state in the last few weeks; he will be addressing two rallies. Read Here
Bihar Polls Update: Phagu Chauhan Cast His Vote For 2nd Phase Of Elections
Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan cast his vote for the 2nd phase of Bihar Elections, at the polling booth at government school in Digha, Patna. He says, “I appeal to the people to participate in elections in large numbers. I hope that the voting percentage will be more than the previous time.”
Bihar Voting Today: JP Nadda Urges People To Vote In Large Numbers

As polling began for the second phase of Bihar assembly elections and bypolls in 10 states, BJP President JP Nadda on Tuesday appealed to people to come out in large numbers and ensure their participation in the grand festival of democracy while adhering to COVID-19 guidelines.

Besides Bihar assembly polls, voting is underway for by-elections to 54 assembly constituencies in 10 states including 28 seats in Madhya Pradesh where the BJP is locked in a keenly-fought contest with the Congress to save its government. In a series of tweets, JP Nadda said, “The second phase of polling for Bihar assembly elections is being held today. I appeal to people to vote in large numbers and ensure their participation in the grand festival of democracy while keeping COVID-related precautions in mind”.

Social distancing norms being followed as voters stand in queues at polling booth no. 325 and 326 in Patna to cast their votes for the second phase of Bihar Elections.

Bihar Election 2020: 94 Seats Up For Polls In Bihar, By-Elections In Ten States
Ninety-four of Bihar’s 243 seats are up for election today in the second phase of the assembly polls in the middle of a bitter campaign, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is spearheading the NDA attack with a series of rallies. The key candidates include Tejashwi Yadav, the Chief Ministerial candidate of the alliance of Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Left parties and the Congress, whose massive rallies have drawn a direct barb from the Prime Minister. Read Here

A girl arrived at a polling booth in Patna with her grandmother on cycle to cast vote in the 2nd phase of Bihar Elections. “I’ve come here with my grandmother. I’ll be voting for the first time. I hope we’ll have more employment opportunities for youth now,” says the girl.

Bihar Voting Today: Step Out In Large Numbers And Make This Festival Of Democracy Successful, Says PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will be campaigning in Bihar today, this morning appealed to the voters to step out in large numbers while adhering to the government-mandated social distancing norms to check spread of coronavirus. This is PM Modi’s fourth visit to the state in the last few weeks; he will be addressing two rallies. “Bihar will vote today for the second phase. I appeal to all the people in the state to step out in large numbers and make this festival of democracy successful. Please adhere to social distancing, and wear a mask,” PM Modi tweeted in Hindi.
Bihar Elections Live Updates: Chirag Paswan Casts Vote In Khagaria

LJP President Chirag Paswan casts his vote at a polling booth in Khagaria in the 2nd phase of Bihar Elections.

Bihar Election Live News: Vote For Better Education, Says Tejashwi Yadav

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, who is one of the key candidates in the second phase, tweeted this morning: “For better education, health facilities, and law and order… and a developed Bihar, please vote. In this new era, change is important for the state. Jai Hind! Jai Bihar!”

I appeal to the people to step out of their homes, cast their vote, maintain social distancing and keep wearing a mask: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi after casting his vote at polling booth no.49 at St Joseph High School in Rajendra Nagar, Patna.

Bihar Assembly Election: Voting Begins For Second Phase
Voting begins for the second phase of Bihar Assembly polls. 1463 candidates, including RJD leaders Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav, in fray for 94 seats across 17 districts.
Bihar Elections: Preparations Underway At Polling Booth Number 8 In Khagaria
Voting for the second phase of BiharPolls will be held on 94 seats across 17 districts today.

Bihar Polls: I want ‘Bihar first, Bihari first’, Says Chirag Paswan
You can get me to give you in writing that Nitish Kumar will never again be the Chief Minister after November 10. I’ll have no role to play, I want ‘Bihar first, Bihari first’. I want work to be done as per vision document prepared by suggestions of 4 Lakh Biharis: Chirag Paswan, LJP.
It will be clear, first phase has already given an indication: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav when asked who will be the Chief Minister of Bihar.

Bihar Election 2020: Voting For Second Phase Of Bihar Today
Bihar: Mock poll underway at polling booth 103 in Raghopur assembly constituency of Vaishali. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav is contesting the state Assembly poll from this constituency. Voting for the second phase of Bihar Polls will be held on 94 seats across 17 districts today.

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