Political leaders have welcomed the announcement of dates for Bihar election by the Election commission.
All key political parties, Janata Dal United, Rashtriya Janata Dal and Bhartiya Janata Party have said that they were happy with the ‘arrenagements’ made by the EC.
RJD chief, Lalu Yadav said that this election was very significant for the central government.
He said, “This is no ordinary election, this election will result in ‘reverse countdown’ for the central government.”
Lok Jan Shakti, which is an alliance partner of BJP, chief Ram Vilas Paswan too welcomed the announcement adding that his alliance will finalise ‘seat sharing arrangement’ in next ‘2-3’ days. BJP’s Shahnawaz Hussain, said his party too was satisfied with the announcement made by the EC.
Senior BJP leader and a minister in Narendra Modi government, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that his party had been well prepared for this election for a long time.
JDU’s Sharad Yadav, however, said that ‘five phases for Bihar elections was too much’ adding that his party was confident of winning the election with a huge margin.
The Election Commission had announced the dates for Bihar polls on Wednesday afternoon.
The five-phase elections will start on 12 October, while the counting would start on 8 November.
The second phase of election will take place on 16 October, third phase on 28 October, 4th phase on 1 November and the 5th and the final phase on 5 November.
49 assembly seats will go for poll in the first phase, while the second phase will have 32 seats, third phase 50, fourth 55 and the last phase will see the most number of seat, 57, going for polls.
The EC said that this election will have candidates’ photos on the Electronic Voting Machines against their names and not party symbols to avoid confusion over namesakes.