New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged the people to exercise their electoral rights along with coronavirus protocols.
“Today is the first round of voting in Bihar assembly elections. I urge all voters to ensure their participation in this festival of democracy, taking precautions related to covid. Maintain 6 feet distance and wear a mask. Remember, first vote, then refreshment!,” PM Modi tweeted.
बिहार विधानसभा चुनावों में आज पहले दौर की वोटिंग है।
सभी मतदाताओं से मेरा आग्रह है कि वे कोविड संबंधी सावधानियों को बरतते हुए, लोकतंत्र के इस पर्व में अपनी हिस्सेदारी सुनिश्चित करें।
दो गज की दूरी का रखें ध्यान, मास्क जरूर पहनें।
याद रखें, पहले मतदान, फिर जलपान!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 28, 2020
On one side there is NDA which includes JD-U (contesting 115 seats), BJP (110 seats), Vikassheel Insaan Party (11 seats) and Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (7 seats).
On the other side, the so called ‘Mahagathbandhan’ which has Tejashwai Yadav as its chief ministerial candidate, has RJD (144 seats) and the Congress with 70 seats. The other alliance partners include the CPI-ML (19 seats), CPI (6 seats) and the CPIM (4 seats).
LJP is contesting 136 seats on its own and fielded candidates against all JD-U nominees and only a few against BJP.