New Delhi, Nov 3|| Agencies
With 94 seats at stake on Tuesday, both NDA and UPA need to register significant wins. The second phase of the Bihar Assembly election on November 3 across 17 districts is likely to decide electoral fate of JD(U)-led NDA and RJD-led UPA. Of the 94 seats at stake in this phase, the RJD is contesting 56, the BJP 46 and the JD(U) 43.
The second phase of the Bihar Assembly election on November 3 across 17 districts is likely to decide electoral fate of JD(U)-led NDA and RJD-led UPA. Of the 94 seats at stake in this phase, the RJD is contesting 56, the BJP 46 and the JD(U) 43.
The Congress has put up candidates in 24 constituencies while the three Left parties are in teh fray in 14 seats. The NDA ally Vikasheel Insaan Party (VIP) will be contesting 5 seats out of total 11 seats allotted to them.
In 28 seats, RJD candidates will be locked in direct contest with BJP nominees while on 24 seats they will be taking on JD(U) candidates. Congress candidates will be contesting 12 seats each against the JD(U) and BJP nominees. The VIP candidates, in this phase poll, are pitched against RJD candidates on all 5 seats.
Raghopur in Vaishali and Hasanpur in Samastipur districts will vote in this phase, deciding the fate of brothers Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav respectively. At Raghopur, the RJD’s CM nominee and anointed heir of Lalu Prasad, Tejashvi appears safe but, at Hasanpur, Tej Pratap is locked in a tough battle against two-time sitting MLA Rajkumar Rai of JD(U).
In the 2015 Assembly elections, the RJD has won 33 of these 94 seats, while 30 seats had gone to the JD(U). The BJP and Congress had registered wins on 20 and seven seats respectively while the Lok Janshakti Party had won two. One seat each had gone to the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) and Independent candidates.
The RJD and JD(U) had contested together in 2015 and won 151 seats (RJD-80, JD-U 71) to form the government in 243 Assembly. The BJP had got 53 seats.
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