The high voltage fight for control in Bihar between the Grand Secular Alliance and the NDA, returns to Bihar with the third phase of voting, for 50 Assembly seats, on October 28. In the crucial third phase of voting, as many as 50 seats would be keenly watched across the country as it would witness the battle of ballots in Mahua and Raghopur, from where the two sons of RJD president Lalu Yadav, are in fray.
This round of polling covers the RJD supremo’s political turf Saran, which has ten Assembly seats, along with the seven-seat Nalanda, the home district of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
The 50 seats in the third phase are spread across Patna, Vaishali, Saran, Nalanda, Buxar and Bhojpur districts. Additional Chief Electoral Officer, R Lakshamanan, said, a total of 1.45 crore electors are eligible to decide the fate of 808 candidates, 71 of whom are women.
Of the total 14,170 polling stations, 6,747 have been declared as critical and 1,909 as Left Wing Extremist hit polling stations. All the booths will be manned by central forces and live webcasting would be done from 716 polling stations.
Besides Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejaswi Yadav, the two sons of Lalu Prasad, other prominent politicians whose fate would be decided in this round are BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav (Patna Sahib), ministers Shyam Rajak and Shrawan Kumar from Phulwari and Nalanda seats respectively, Deputy Speaker Amarendra Pratap Singh (Ara) and BJP’s chief whip in the state Assembly Arun Kumar Sinha (Kumhrar).
Plenty is at stake for both the NDA and the Grand alliance. With the first two phases not going NDA’s way according to media reports, the NDA would be hoping to reap the maximum in the third phase.