Arvind Kejriwal says JDU sweeping Bihar, ‘nervous BJP’ cancels 3 rallies of PM Modi


Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that Janata Dal-United in Bihar was sweeping the elections.

He took to twitter to make his observation known;

BJP’s Prakash Javadekar was quick to respond. He told news agency ANI, “No one wins elections on a tweet. Bihar people want development under BJP, it is clear.”

Meanwhile, the second phase of elections got underway in Bihar on Friday and 47 percent voting were recorded at 2 pm on Friday.

Of all the phases, the second phase posed the greatest challenge to security personnel as all six districts – Kaimur, Rohtas, Arwal, Jehanabad, Aurangabad and Gaya – have been affected by Naxal violence one time or the other.

A total of 86,13,870 electors are expected to decide the fate of 456 candidates, 32 out of whom are women. There are 9,119 polling stations.

Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance is contesting against the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.

Early opinion polls had given BJP a lead in the poll, but the most recent poll surveys have given sweeping victory for Nitish Kumar, who’s seeking a third term in Bihar.

Bihar elections are taking place in five phases with the counting starting on 8 November.

There have been reports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP’s star campaigner, had cancelled three of his scheduled rallies. His opponents said that the decision came after a ‘nervous BJP’ realised there was not much response to the PM’s rallies.

PM was to address rallies in Buxar, Hajipur and Paliganj on 16 October. Reacting to the development, RJD said that this was a repeat of Delhi elections.

However, the BJP clarified that these rallies were ‘never scheduled.’