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Bihar elections 2020 LIVE: This is my last election, says Nitish Kumar during an election rally in Purnia

Bihar elections 2020 LIVE: This is my last election, says Nitish Kumar during an election rally in Purnia

Bihar elections 2020 LIVE: This is my last election, says Nitish Kumar during an election rally in Purnia
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By CNBCTV18.com Nov 5, 2020 4:21:11 PM IST (Updated)

Here are the highlights from the Bihar assembly polls 2020 and bypolls in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh

The second phase of polling on 94 seats in the Bihar assembly elections passed off peacefully on Tuesday with a voter turnout of over 54.64 per cent, marginally lower than the 2015 figure, as COVID-19 failed to dampen the democratic spirit of citizens.

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The second round of the voting was held in the 17 districts amid tight security and strict coronavirus guidelines in place.
The voting percentage was 54.64 (as on Tuesday night), according to the Election Commissions Voter Turnout Apps provisionally data. The polling percentage is likely to go up as the poll panel updates the figure with more inputs from these constituencies.
Here are the highlights from the Bihar assembly polls 2020:
  • People of Bihar prefer politics of 'good governance'; youth, women see hope in NDA, says PM
  • Asserting that the people of Bihar prefer "sushashan ki rajneeti" (politics of good governance), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said only the NDA can provide security, employment and new opportunities of self-employment to the youth of the state. He also said the youth and women of the state have always been with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and they see hope in the alliance.
    • The voting percentage in the second phase of polling on 94 seats in the Bihar assembly elections increased to 55.70 after updating of the figures by the Election Commission Wednesday. The provisional voting figure till late Tuesday night was 54.64 which rose marginally after the poll panel updated the data with the arrival of more inputs from these constituencies.
    • On PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi said that he has no place in his heart for labourers and hence forced people to walk thousands of kilometres to reach home.
      • Rahul Gandhi showers praise on LJD chief Sharad Yadav in Madhepura
      • Gandhi says he got to learn a lot from the veteran politician.
        • Rahul Gandhi to address two rallies in Bihar's Madhepura and Araria
        • Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will on Wednesday address two rallies in Bihar's Madhepura and Araria
          • Jharkhand bypolls: 62.46 polling in two assembly seats
          • Around 62.46 per cent of total 5.63 lakh voters cast their ballots in the by- elections to two assembly seats in Jharkhand on Tuesday amidst tight security and strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocol, election officials said. The voter turnout was 65.27 per cent for Dumka reserved seat and 60.20 per cent for Bermo seat in Bokaro district, the Chief Electoral Officer's office said. Polling began at 7 am and ended at 4 pm in Bermo seat and 5 pm at Dumka constituency and no untoward incident has been reported, it said. From morning electors were seen standing in queues in polling booths by maintaining social distancing. They were given masks, sanitiser and gloves, officials said. The fates of 12 candidates in Dumka and 16 in Bermo were be sealed in the EVMs. Elaborate security arrangements are in place for the peaceful conduct of elections in both seats that fall in Naxal-hit areas, officials said.
            • MP bypolls: 66.28 pc turnout till 6 pm; one hurt in violence
            • Amid reports of violence at a few places, an estimated 66.28 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 6 pm on Tuesday in the crucial bypolls to 28 Assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh, an official said. One person was injured in stray incidents of violence, police said. The average voting percentage in the 2018 assembly polls in these 28 constituencies, most of them in the Gwalior -Chambal region, was 72.93, the official said. The polling figure of 66.28 per cent was provisional and it will be updated later, he said. A total of 355 candidates, including 12 ministers, are in the fray in these bypolls. Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar and BJP Rajya Sabha MP Jyotiraditya Scindia cast their ballots at a booth in Gwalior district. As the voting progressed, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reached the BJP office in Bhopal in the afternoon and held discussions with party leaders. Former chief minister Kamal Nath and other senior Congress leaders, including Digvijaya Singh, monitored the polling from a control room set up at the state party office in the state capital.
              • CPI MP writes to EC, alleges poll code violation by PM in run up to Bihar elections
              • Communist Party of India MP Binoy Viswam has written to the Election Commission alleging violation of the Model Code of Conduct by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the run up to the Bihar Assembly polls. Referring to news reports, Viswam claimed that the Prime Minister's Office, in a newsletter sent via its official PR email, solicited funds for the work of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In its newsletter on October 21, the PMO has made an advertisement stating "support those who put India first. Support BJP through micro-donations". On clicking on the link one is redirected to another page that solicits funds ranging from Rs 5 to Rs 1000 for the BJP, Viswam alleged. "While such misuse of power and position is condemnable at all times, it becomes particularly egregious given that the poll code came into effect for the Bihar elections on September 25. Chapter 7 of the Model Code of Conduct on 'Party in Power' clearly states that the Government machinery and offices shall not be used for furtherance of the interest of the party in power.
                • 53.51% turnout in Phase 2 assembly polls in Bihar, figure likely to go up, says EC
                • The 94 assembly constituencies that went to poll in the phase two of Bihar elections on Tuesday recorded 53.51 per cent turnout and the figure was likely to go up as voting continued beyond schedule in several places, the Election Commission said. The combined voter turnout in the two phases was recorded at 53.79 per cent till 5 PM, the Commission said. In the corresponding constituencies which went to poll in the 2015 assembly polls, the turnout was 55.35 per cent, the EC said. The 94 constituencies of Bihar assembly went to poll in the second phase of elections which will decide the electoral fate of RJD leader and Mahagathbandhan's chief ministerial face Tejashwi Yadav and more than 1,450 other candidates. Polling 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 during the final hour. The process, however, concluded early in the Maoist-hit areas.
                  • Bihar records over 51 per cent polling until 5 pm
                  • Over 51 per cent of the total 2.85 crore electors in 94 constituencies of Bihar exercised their franchise till 5 pm in the second phase of voting on Tuesday, according to Election Commission data. Among the 17 districts where these 94 seats are located, the highest poll percentage of 54.89 has been recorded in Muzaffarpur, according to the Election Commission's Voter Turnout App, updated till 5 pm. The lowest turnout of 39.65 per cent has been reported from Patna district. Its Kumhrar, an urban constituency, has recorded just 27.91 per cent voting. The estimated overall turnout at 5 pm is 51.68 per cent (provisional), the poll panel data said. The turnout during the corresponding hours in the first phase on October 28 was 51.91 per cent. Vaishali district's Raghopur, from where RJD leader and chief ministerial candidate of the opposition Grand Alliance Tejashwi Yadav is contesting, has recorded 54 per cent polling, as per the EC data.
                    • 44.51% voter turnout recorded in Bihar until 3 pm
                    • A voter turnout of 44.51 percent was recorded until 3 pm in the second phase of assembly elections underway in Bihar.
                      • Farmers in Chhattisgarh get Rs 2,500 per quintal for paddy; Bihar farmers get Rs 700: Rahul Gandhi
                      • In Chhattisgarh farmers get Rs 2,500 per quintal for paddy, here you get Rs 700. What mistake did you make? You voted for Nitish ji and Modi ji. Now is the time to rectify the mistake: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Katihar.
                        • Rahul Gandhi slams PM Modi, Nitish, says the youth know they looted Bihar
                        • Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday alleged they have "looted" Bihar, and claimed that people have decided to vote them out of power. Addressing a poll rally here, the former Congress president criticised the NDA government over demonetisation, migrant crisis, GST, handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the three new farm laws. He said neither Modi nor Kumar did anything to help migrant labourers when they were walking thousands of kilometres to return homes during the coronavirus lockdown. "The Congress had arranged buses for the movement of migrant workers. We are not in power so we could not do it for millions, but we helped as many people as we could," he said.
                          • Over 34% polling till 1 pm in Baroda bypoll in Haryana: A total of 14 candidates, including Olympian wrestler and BJP nominee Yogeshwar Dutt, are contesting the Baroda assembly bypoll in Haryana, where over 34 percent polling was registered till 1 pm on Tuesday. Dutt, who cast his vote in the morning after performing 'puja' at his wrestling academy, is pitted against Congress' Indu Raj Narwal. The Baroda seat has been a stronghold of the Congress party whose MLA Krishan Hooda had won the seat in the 2009, 2014 and 2019 assembly polls.
                          • Bihar records nearly 33 percent polling till 1 pm: Nearly 33 percent of the total 2.85 crore electors exercised their franchise till 1 pm on Tuesday in 94 constituencies of Bihar during the second phase of assembly elections.
                          • The highest poll percentage of 41.25 has been recorded in Muzaffarpur among the 17 districts, where the 94 seats are located, according to the Election Commission's Voter Turnout App, updated till 1 pm. The lowest turnout so far has been reported from Darbhanga at 26.73 percent, followed by Patna at 28 percent. The estimated overall turnout at 1 pm is 32.82 percent, the poll panel data said.
                          • Jharkhand bypolls; 46.47% voting till 1 pm in two assembly seats: Around 46.47 percent of total 5.63 lakh voters cast their ballots till 1 pm in by-elections to two assembly seats in Jharkhand on Tuesday amidst tight security and strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocol, election officials said. Dumka seat reported 46.96 percent turnout, while 46.07 percent of voters cast their ballots in Bermo constituency of Bokaro district, they said. Polling began at 7 am and no untoward incident has been reported so far, they said. The electoral contest in Dumka is expected to be between Chief Minister Hemant Soren's younger brother Basant Soren of the JMM and former cabinet minister Lois Marandi of the BJP. By-election to the constituency was necessitated after
                          • the chief minister vacated the seat and retained his other Barhait seat. He had defeated Marandi in Dumka in last year's assembly elections. The fight in Bermo is also likely to be a direct contest between Jaimangal alias Anup Singh of the Congress, the son of sitting MLA Rajendra Prasad Singh whose death
                            necessitated the by-election, and Yogeshwar Mahato of the BJP.
                          • Chhattisgarh; 21.52% voting till 11 am in Marwahi bypoll: Around 21.52 percent polling was recorded till 11 am on Tuesday in the by-election to Marwahi Assembly seat in Chhattisgarh, a poll official said. The Scheduled Tribes (ST)-reserved Marwahi seat, where eight candidates are in the fray, is witnessing a straight fight between the ruling Congress and the main opposition BJP in the state. The bypoll for the constituency was necessitated
                          • following the death of sitting JCC (J) legislator and former state chief minister Ajit Jogi on May 29.
                          • Gujarat bypolls; Over 23% voter turnout till 11 AM: An average 23.29 percent voter turnout was registered till 11 am during polling for by-elections to eight Assembly seats in Gujarat on Tuesday. Voting will continue till 6 pm in 3,024 polling booths of these eight seats. The by-elections to these seats were necessitated after the sitting Congress MLAs resigned ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls held in June this year.
                          • Odisha bypolls; 26.24% voting in two assembly seats till 11 AM: Around 26.24 percent of 4.67 lakh voters cast their ballots in the first four hours of polling for by-elections to two assembly seats in Odisha on Tuesday amidst tight security and strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocol, election officials said. Balasore seat reported 27.6 percent polling, while 24.93 percent of voters in Titrol constituency in Jagatsinghpur district exercised their franchise till 11 am, they said.
                          • Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday appealed to voters to participate in the "mega festival of democracy". "Voting in the bypolls to seven assembly seats in UP has begun. All the voters must participate in the mega festival of democracy. Everyone should exercise caution and discharge the duty of casting vote," he said in a tweet in Hindi. "Democracy will win, while coronavirus will be defeated," the CM added. The Samajwadi Party also urged voters to come out of their homes and vote in large numbers. "Those in power and responsible for worried farmers, insecure women power, poor health facilities, jobless labourers, collapsed law and order should be given a reply during the ongoing bypolls to UP Legislative Assembly. Come out of houses, and vote," the SP said in a tweet in Hindi.
                          • Over 18% polling till 11 am in UP bypolls: Over 18 percent votes were cast till 11 am on Tuesday in the bypolls to seven assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh amid the coronavirus pandemic. The polling started at 7 AM amid tight security and special arrangements for COVID-19. Till 11 AM, 18.49 percent voters had exercised their franchise, the Election Commission said. The voting percentage in various assembly constituencies till 11 AM was 22.24 percent in Bangarmau, 19.17 percent in Bulandshahr, 18.10 percent in Deoria, 14.76 percent in Ghatampur, 15.00 percent in Malhani, 23.41 percent in Naugaon Sadat and 17.00 percent in Tundla.
                          • BJP's Naresh Bansal declared elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Uttarakhand: Senior BJP leader Naresh Bansal has declared elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Uttarakhand on Monday with no other party in the contest. Bansal was handed over the certificate of his election from the seat by Uttarakhand Vidhan Sabha Secretary Mukesh Singhal as the deadline for withdrawal of nominations came to an end here at 3 pm. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, his cabinet colleagues Subodh Uniyal, Arvind Pandey, Pradesh BJP president Basidhar Bhagat and a host of party MLAs were present as Bansal was declared elected unopposed to the Upper House of Parliament. The party subsequently staged a rally from the gates of the Vidhan Sabha to its state office to felicitate Bansal. However, the scale of the procession was kept modest in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pradesh BJP vice president Devendra Bhasin said.
                          • Bihar records 8.14% polling till 10 am; Nitish, Tejashwi cast votes: Around 8.14 percent of the total 2.85 crore electors exercised their franchise in the first three hours of polling in 94 seats in the second phase of assembly elections in Bihar on Tuesday. The highest polling percentage of 10.75 was recorded in Gopalganj among the 17 districts where the 94 seats are
                          • located, as per the Election Commission's Voter Turnout App, updated till 10 am. Polling has been slow in Darbhanga district till now and just 5.79 percent of its total voters have cast their ballot in the first three hours, according to the poll panel data showed.
                          • 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 polls 2020: RJD leaders Tejashwi Yadav and Rabri Devi arrive at polling booth number 160 in Patna to cast their votes.
                              • BJP candidate Yogeshwar Dutt casts his vote in Sonipat.
                                • Madhya Pradesh bypolls in 28 Assembly seats begins: Voting for bypolls in 28 Assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh began on Tuesday morning, an official
                                • said. Polling began at 7 am and will end at 6 pm, while adhering to the COVID-19 restrictions, the official said. The last hour of voting will be for COVID-19 patients and people suspected to be suffering from the disease.
                                  Authorities have set up 250 flying squads, 173 surveillance teams and 293 police check-posts to ensure smooth polling, he said. Altogether 355 candidates, including 12 ministers, are in the fray, the official said, adding around 33,000 security personnel have been deployed in 19 districts. There are 63.67 lakh voters in the 28 constituencies and 9361 polling booths, including 3038 booths placed under the critical category, he said.
                                • UP bypolls see about 8% polling till 9 AM: About eight percent votes were cast in the first two hours as voting for the bypolls to seven assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh began on Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic. The polling started at 7 am amid tight security and special arrangements for COVID-19. Till 9 am, 7.87 percent voters had exercised their franchise, Ramesh Chandra Rai, joint chief electoral officer of UP, said. The voting percentage in various assembly constituencies till 9 am was 8.27 percent in Bangarmau, 7.80 percent in Bulandshahr, 10.00 percent in Deoria, 5.00 percent in Ghatampur, 7.50 percent in Malhani, 8.50 percent in Naugaon Sadat and 8.00 percent in Tundla.
                                • Karnataka bypolls at RR Nagar, Sira: Voting is underway for the bypolls to Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Sira assembly seats in Bengaluru and Tumakuru amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to information received from the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, polling started at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm in the two constituencies with a voting population of 6,78,012, including 3,26,114 women. The counting of votes will take place on November 10.
                                • The death of Sira MLA B Satyanarayana, who was from the JD(S), and the resignation of RR Nagar Congress MLA Munirathna from the assembly last year led to the bypolls. There are 1,008 polling stations, comprising 678 in RR Nagar and 330 in Sira, Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar said in a statement.
                                • In Bengaluru, Congress candidate for RR Nagar by-poll, Kusuma H cast her vote at polling centre set up in JSPU College.
                                  • Voting for bypolls in eight Assembly seats in Gujarat began on Tuesday morning, an election official said. Polling began at 7 am and will end at 6 pm, the official said, adding authorities are taking steps to check the spread of COVID-19 during voting. Altogether 81 candidates are in fray in the eight seats, which collectively have 18.75 lakh voters, he said. As not more than 1,000 voters are allowed in one booth due to COVID-19 concerns and guidelines of the Election Commission, 3,024 polling booths have been set up, higher than in a normal scenario.
                                  • Voters follow physical distancing norms in Patna polling booths.
                                    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to electors to vote in large numbers while following social distancing norms and wearing a mask. Make this festival of democracy successful by voting in large numbers. During the exercise, apart from maintaining social distancing, also wear a mask, he tweeted in Hindi Tuesday morning.
                                    • 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.
                                    • Tejashwi urged people to vote for better education, health, improvement in law and order, and a developed Bihar. "A change is necessary for building a new Bihar in a new era," he tweeted in Hindi.
                                    • Besides Tejashwi, his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav and four state ministers are also in the fray in this phase, which also features one transgender candidate, fielded by the LJP.
                                    • Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha's son Luv Sinha is also contesting the poll in this phase.
                                    • Of the 2.85 crore voters, 1.50 crore are male, 1.35 crore female and 980 transgender, according to Election Commission data.
                                    • A total of 1,463 candidates—1316 male, 146 female and one transgender—are trying their luck.
                                    • The RJD has fielded 56 candidates, LJP 52, BJP 46, JD(U) 43, RLSP 36 and the Congress 24.
                                    • Maharajganj has the maximum 27 candidates, while the minimum four are from Darauli (SC) constituency.
                                    • The Election Commission said it has set up 18,823 polling stations where people can cast their votes in 41,362 booths.
                                    • The 94 constituencies are spread across 17 districts of West Champaran, East Champaran, Sheohar, Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj, Siwan, Saran, Vaishali, Samastipur, Begusarai, Khagaria, Bhagalpur, Nalanda and Patna.
                                    • The poll panel said 8,694 polling booths and 4,01,634 voters have been declared "vulnerable", and 44,282 people categorised as "intimidators".
                                    • The Election Commission said voting will end at 4 pm on eight seats of Gaura Bauram and Kusheshwar Asthan in Darbhanga district, Minapur, Paroo and Sahebganj in Muzaffarpur, Alauli and Beldour in Khagaria, and Raghpur in Vaishali.
                                    • The polling hours have been reduced in the three Muzaffarpur seats because of their naxal history, while in the rest five due to other reasons related to terrain and riverine settings, a senior poll official said.
                                    • Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, over 55 percent polling was recorded in the first phase on October 28, surpassing marginally the 2015 turnout.
                                    • —With inputs from agencies
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