The first phase of Bihar assembly election 2020 will take place tomorrow. Across 71 assembly seats, more than two crore electorate will decide the fate of 1,066 candidates. The voting will kickstart from 7am on Wednesday. According to the Election Commission, 2.14 crore people are entitled to cast their vote. Out of these, 1.01 crore are women while 599 are from the third gender community. Among the 1,066 candidates in phase one, 114 are women and 952 are women. Gaya Town has the maximum number of candidates (27) while Katoria in Banka district has the minimum number of candidates (5). Of 71 seats going to polls tomorrow, BJP is contesting on 29 seats while JDU is contesting on 35 seats.
Heavyweights in the fray
Under the leadership of Tejaswi Yadav, RJD has fielded its candidates on 42 seats while its ally Congress has fielded candidates on 20 seats. Talking about Lok Janshakti Party, its leader Chirag Paswan has fielded candidates on 41 seats. This also include all the contested seats by JDU. In the first phase, six members of the state cabinet Jaikumar Singh (Dinara), Ram Narayan Mandal (Banka), Prem Kumar (Gaya Town), Vijay Kumar Sinha (Lakhisarai), Krishnanandan Prasad Verma (Jehanabad), and Santosh Kumar Nirala (Rajpur) are in the battle. Talking about the eminent candidates, they include Pushpam Priya Choudhary, Luv Sinha, Jitan Ram Manjhi, Shreyasi Singh, and Anant Kumar Singh.
The Commonwealth Games gold medallist shooter Shreyasi Singh is making her debut as the BJP candidate from Jamui. Chirag Paswan represents Jamui Lok Sabha seat and he has assured full support of his party to Shreyasi.
Courtesy: Financial Express