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Bihar Phase I: 53% cast votes in 4 constituencies

PATNA: The first phase of polling in the four Maoist-hit Lok Sabha constituencies of the state handed off peacefully with 53.06% voters exercising their franchise on Thursday.
Bihar chief electoral officer H R Srinivasa mentioned the voter turnout in the four constituencies of Magadh region – Jamui (SC), Gaya (SC), Aurangabad and Nawada – saw an build up of 2.7% in comparison to 2014 Lok Sabha elections. While 56% voters grew to become up at quite a lot of polling booths to exercise their franchise in Gaya, the share stood at 54 in Jamui, 52.50 in Nawada and 49.85 in Aurangabad.

Srinivasa mentioned barring some sporadic incidences of staff clashes and firing, the polling used to be non violent in all the four constituencies. Recovery of no less than 3 are living bombs by means of safety forces from the campuses of 2 polling booths in Gaya and Aurangabad constituencies sparked panic. The bombs had been later defused by means of the safety forces.

Voters have sealed the fate of 2 sitting MPs in the first phase – Chirag Paswan of LJP (Jamui) and Sushil Kumar Singh of BJP (Aurangabad). Former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi, the Mahagathbandan’s Gaya candidate, is making an attempt his good fortune for the third time to get elected as a member of Lok Sabha.

On Thursday, bypolls had been additionally held for Dehri and Nawada assembly segments following the recent conviction of 2 RJD MLAs – Illiyas Hussain and Rajballabh Prasad Yadav – in separate instances. While Rajballabh used to be held to blame in a rape case, Illiyas used to be sentenced for his involvement in bitumen rip-off.

A cane bomb used to be present in Aurangabad just earlier than the polling started. Similarly, two bombs had been found below Nevta bridge on Imamganj-Raniganj primary highway below Imamganj assembly constituency in Gaya. The bombs had been later defused.

Senior officials mentioned very best stage of alertness used to be maintained in all four constituencies owing to Maoist risk. “No violence used to be reported apart from for a polling station below Akbarpur police station in Nawada, the place two sides clashed with every other outdoor the booth,” mentioned Kundan Krishnan, ADG (headquarters).

Asked about restoration of bombs in Gaya and Aurangabad, Krishnan mentioned, “We had prior knowledge that the Maoists might plant dummy bombs, IED or cane bombs. They are doing this out of desperation as the safety forces don't seem to be permitting them to pop out of their hideouts. Paramilitary forces are in the jungles from Wednesday and they'll remain there till all polling events go away the constituencies by means of Friday afternoon.”

In order to verify non violent election, round 41,000 safety body of workers had been deployed in the four constituencies, including round 17,000 body of workers from other states.

Cases of poll boycott had been reported from some places in Nawada and Jamui constituencies. Villagers blamed non-availability of water and lack of highway connectivity in their spaces for boycotting the polls.

Voting at a polling station in Nawada parliamentary constituency used to be stalled for a twinkling of an eye following the arrest of a polling officer, who used to be present in an inebriated state, respectable sources mentioned. The officer used to be later arrested.

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