New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The polling for 71 assembly seats concluded today with the Election Commission recording over 53 % voter turnout till 6 pm in the first phase of Bihar assembly Polls. While Tikari has recorded the highest turnout of 60.70 per cent, followed by Chakai at 60.03 per cent, Sheikhpura with 54.86 per cent along with Arwal (54.87 per cent), Lakhisarai (55.10 per cent), and Surajgarha (55.80 per cent) has recorded the lowest voter turnout till now. The Election Commission (EC) informed that in 31,371 polling stations in Bihar, 41,689 ballot units, 31,371 control units and 31,371 VVPATs have been deployed.

Bihar is witnessing a triangular contest with the ruling JDU-BJP alliance and grand alliance (RJD, Congress and others) and Chirag Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), which is eying the role of a kingmaker in case of a hung Assembly. Elections will decide if Nitish Kumar will win a fourth term as Chief Minister. Voting began in 71 constituencies spread across 16 districts in the first phase of the Bihar Assembly elections on Wednesday at 7 am.

Here are the LIVE Updates from phase 1 polling:

7:00 PM Polling concludes for first phase of Bihar assembly elections. A voter turnout of 53.54% was recorded by the polling body till 6 PM. The final figures are yet to be updated

6:30 pm: Polling in the 71 assembly seats continues after 6 pm as the last hour was set aside for those who have contracted coronavirus or who are in quarantine.

5:45 pm: A total of 52.24 per cent of voter turnout was recorded till 5 pm in the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections 2020. 

3:45 pm:  46.29 % voter turnout was recorded till 3 pm in the first phase of Bihar assembly Polls on Wednesday, news agency ANI reported.

3:30 pm: Today if people of West Champaran want to make a house in Jammu and Kashmir, they can do so. No one can stop you. Congress deprived you of this: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath in Chanpatia

3:15 pm: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) files complaint to Election Commission (EC) against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his tweet posted today asking for votes in the first phase of Bihar Elections from voters today

3:00 pm: Just like you can save your self from COVID-9 with a mask, similarly with a single vote you can save Bihar from becoming 'bimar': Prime Minister Modi in Patna

2:35 pm: "Who can fulfil the aspirations of the poor and middle class of Bihar? Can those who looted Bihar do it? Those who only thought of their families and did injustice to everyone can never understand Bihar's expectations. Only NDA can do it", PM Modi in Patna

2:30 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in Bihar capital Patna. 

2:20 pm: After hearing a person shouting in the crowd, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi asks him, "Did you fry pakoras? You should offer some to Nitish ji and PM ji when they come here next."

2:15 pm: "Congress gave direction to the country. We gave MNREGA, waived off farmers' loans. We know how to run the country, stand with farmers and generate employment, but yes, we do lack one thing - we don't know how to lie. We cannot compete with him (PM) at lying", Rahul Gandhi. 

2:05 pm: "Now Prime Minister doesn't say in speeches that he'll give jobs to 2 crore youth. He knows he was lying & people also know it. I guarantee, if PM comes here & says he'll give 2 crore jobs, the crowd will chase him away", Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Balmiki Nagar

2:00 pm: Till 1 pm, 33.11 per cent of total voter turnout was recorded in the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections 2020. 

1:55 pm: Former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi casts his vote at a polling booth in Gaya during the first phase of state assembly elections. "Out of 71 seats in phase-1, NDA will comfortably win around 50 seats," he said.

1:42 pm: "The motive of demonetisation & lockdown was the same. It was aimed at destroying small farmers, small businesses, traders and labourers", Rahul Gandhi in Balmiki Nagar. 

1:35 pm: An FIR will be registered against Bihar Minister and BJP leader Prem Kumar by the Returning Officer for violating Model Code of Conduct by wearing a mask with his party's symbol. He reached the polling station in Gaya earlier in the day wearing a mask which has a lotus symbol on it. 

1:28 pm: A polling agent died due to heart attack in Nawada district on Wednesday during the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections, reports news agency IANS. 

1:20 pm: "The party which is infamous for closing down industries of Bihar, from whom investors maintained distance, is today promising development to the state's people. Let alone govt jobs, if they come to power even private companies will flee from Bihar", PM in Muzaffarpur

1:10 pm: "You can imagine what will happen to the funds for COVID-19 if they come to power... What else can people of Bihar expect from the 'Yuvraj' (prince) of 'Jungle Raj', given their past record? You know them better than I do" Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Muzaffarpur

12:50 pm: The Lakhisarai Constituency seat is one among the key seats in the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections 2020. This year, the seat will witness a direct contest between the BJP and Congress. While BJP has fielded sitting MLA Vijay Kumar Sinha, the grand old party, Congress, has fielded Amaresh Kumar. Read here to know more about Lakhisarai seat. 

Bihar Elections 2020 Lakhisarai Constituency: BJP's Vijay Kumar Sinha seeks third term against Congress' Amaresh Kumar

12:25 pm: Also Read: Bihar Assembly Elections 2020: Will Tej Pratap Yadav be able to end JD(U)'s unbeaten run in Hasanpur?

12:15 pm: In 31,371 polling stations in Bihar during the first phase of Assembly elections, 41,689 ballot units, 31,371 control units & 31,371 VVPATs have been deployed. As of 10 am, 0.18% ballot units, 0.26% control units, & 0.53% VVPATs have been replaced: Election Commission of India

12:00 pm: Differently-abled voters queue up outside a polling booth in Jehanabad district to cast their vote during the first phase of state assembly elections.

11:50 am: Voter turnout of 18.48% per cent recorded till 11 am in the first phase. 

11:45 am: "A grand Ram Temple is being built in Ayodhya... those in politics who used to ask us a date (of temple construction) are now compelled to applaud... It is the identity of BJP and NDA, we do what we promise," says PM Modi

11:35 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in Bihar's Darbhanga. 

11:20 am: 18.06 per cent of voter turnout recorded across the 71 assembly constituency seats till 11 am.

 

11:10 am: Voting underway in Sasaram for the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections. Visuals of voters undergoing temperature check & hand-sanitisation in a polling booth decorated with balloons.

11:00 am: "Who is responsible for the firing & lathi-charge incident in Munger? Chief Minister is now playing the role of General Dyer who ordered the Jallianwalah massacre. I am sure CM is responsible for the incident, an investigation should be done": Chirag Paswan, LJP.

10:55 am: Voters of Balgudar village in Lakhisarai district boycott elections, booth number 115 wears a deserted look. "Villagers are not voting as they're protesting against the construction of a museum on a playground," says Booth No. 115 Presiding Officer Mohammad Ikramul Haq.

10:45 am: Bihar Minister and BJP leader Prem Kumar arrive at a polling booth in Gaya to cast his vote wearing a mask with his party's symbol.

10:35 am: BJP wants to keep 'Chirag' in their hand to light up their home & burn down Nitish Ji's house. Woh 'Chirag' ko bhi bujhana chahte hain. So BJP wants to use Chirag first, then get rid of him later: Congress' Bihar in-charge Shaktisinh Gohil on Chirag Paswan.

10:20 am: It has been proved that Chirag Paswan is Tejashwi Yadav's B team, now do we need to say anything more? To help Tejashwi, this entire game is being played. Chirag Paswan has failed in 'Reel' life as well as in his real life: JD(U) leader Sanjay Jha on Chirag Paswan.


10:15 am: It has been proved that Chirag Paswan is Tejashwi Yadav's B team, now do we need to say anything more? To help Tejashwi, this entire game is being played. Chirag Paswan has failed in 'Reel' life as well as in his real life: JD(U) leader Sanjay Jha on Chirag Paswan. 

10:00 am: LJP Chief Chirag Paswan on Wednesday trained his guns at Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, says, he will ditch the BJP and join RJD after the poll results are out. Read Full Story here. 

Bihar Elections 2020 | 'Nitish Kumar will ditch BJP to join RJD after poll results': Chirag Paswan's fresh salvo at CM

9:45 am: BJP's Jamui candidate and ace shooter Shreyasi Singh casts her vote at a polling station in Naya Gaon area of Jamui district. 

9:35 am: Bihar Minister Prem Kumar rides a cycle on his way to the polling booth to cast his vote, in Gaya.

9:30 am: 7.28 per cent voter turnout recorded till 9 am in the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections 2020. 

9:20 am: Visuals of CRPF jawans helping differently-abled & elderly voters at Booth number 10 in Chakarbandha area

9:05 am: Voters queue up at polling booth number 219 in Aurangabad. Watch

8:58 am: "Voting is not just the right of the citizens but also a responsibility", says Nitish Kumar as voting underway for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections. 

8:55 am: Voting at polling booth no. 170 in Jehanabad delayed after a glitch was detected in EVM.

8:47 am: Visuals of voters queuing up outside booth number 43 in Paliganj and undergoing temperature check.

8:43 am: Voting for the first phase of polls underway in Munger district. Visuals from Polling Booths in Munger. "We've made comprehensive arrangements for polling at all booths. We've increased the number of booths & they've maximum 1000 voters to avoid crowding," Munger DM Rajesh Meena said as quoted by ANI.


8:40 am: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday urges the people of Bihar to vote for 'justice, farmer, migrant workers and employment', and exhorts voters to choose Grand Alliance.   

8:30 am: BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda reminded voters to adhere to COVID-19 protocols while exercising their right to vote for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections 2020. 

"I appeal to all voters to participate in this festival of democracy while taking precautions against COVID-19" he tweeted. 

8:20 am: Voting for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 is underway across the 71 constituency seats. Visuals from a polling station in Arrah. 

 

8:10 am: Union Minister Giriraj Singh casts his vote at a polling station in Lakhisarai. Earlier he visited a temple and urged the people to exercise their right to vote in large numbers. 

8:05 am: 5% voter turnout recorded till 8 am in the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections 2020

8:00 am: "I urge all voters to ensure their participation in this festival of democracy while taking precautions against COVID-19", PM Narendra Modi tweeted this morning.  

7:55 am: "We have taken all security measures in every polling booths. Adequate security forces have been deployed. COVID-19 measures have also been taken in all the booths": Rakesh Rathi, IG Magadh said as quoted by ANI. 

7:50 am: Of the nearly 2.15 crore electors eligible to exercise the franchise for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections 2020, 1.12 crore are male, 1.01 crore female and 599 are categorised as the third gender, according to data provided by the Election Commission.

7:40 am: Read here to know about the third CM candidate of Bihar, Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav. 

Pappu Yadav – A Bihar politician stealing the electoral limelight amid caste biases

7:30 am: Sanitisation work underway at polling booth number 56 and 5787 in Munger district. Social distancing followed by people. WATCH 

7:22 am: Union Minister Giriraj Singh visited a temple in Barahiya in Lakhisarai and urged the people of the state to exercise their right to vote in maximum numbers. "Election is the biggest festival of democracy. I appeal to everyone to exercise their right to vote," he said as quoted by ANI. 

7:18 am: Did you know LJP Chief Chirag Paswan tried his hands into acting before joining politics? Read here to know about the leader who keeps PM Modi in his heart. 

Chirag Paswan – A Bihari who keeps ‘Modi at heart’ and power at tips 

7:13 am: Ahead of the start of the voting for the first phase of polling, two IED recovered and defused by CRPF from Aurangabad's Dhibra area. 

7:08 am: RJD-led Mahagathbandhan have chosen Lalu Prasad Yadav's son as their chief ministerial candidate. Click below to know more about the young leader, who was a cricketer and also sworn in as the deputy chief minister of Bihar in 2015. 

Bihar Elections 2020: From cricket pitch to political tug of war, Tejashwi Yadav's journey awaits prime success

7:03 am: Problem detected in an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at a polling station in Lakhisarai. 

7:00 am: Voting commences across 71 constituency seats for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections. 

6:55 am: Volunteers deployed on polling duties can be seen wearing face masks and gloves. 

  

6:52 am: The Election Commission has made special arrangements for the voting process in Naxal-hit areas of the state. 

Bihar Assembly Elections 2020: Staggered polling, additional forces, choppers at place as EC gears up for voting in Naxal-hit areas

6:50 am: Ahead of the start of the voting, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav urged the people of the state to become a partner of change with the Mahagathbandhan. 

"Today, on the first day of voting, the people of Bihar must use their franchise for better future, education, health, jobs, development and to create a new and become a partner of change with the Mahagathbandhan", he tweeted. 

6:45 am: Click below to know who all are in the fray in the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections. 

Bihar Assembly Elections 2020: Fate of Manjhi, Anant Singh, 8 ministers at stake as 71 constituencies go to polls today

6:40 am: Preparations are underway at a polling station in Bihar's Munger district ahead of the start of the voting for the phase 1 elections. 

 

6:30 am: Want to know why Bihar CM Nitish Kumar did not contest Bihar assembly elections since 1985? Read Here.

Did you know Nitish Kumar last contested Bihar assembly polls in 1985? Here's why he doesn't contest state elections

6:20 am: Ahead of the polling for the first phase, RJD leader and Grand Alliance's CM face Tejashwi Yadav appealed to people of the state to exercise their right vote in large numbers. Voting will start at 7 am today.

6:10 am: Voting for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 to begin at 7 am; here are some visuals from polling stations in Lakhisarai and Gaya.

6:00 am: Polling parties left for their respective polling stations after collecting EVMs & VVPATs ahead of voting for 1st phase of Bihar Elections today. Gaya District Magistrate Abhishek Singh said,"Over 20,000 polling personnel & around 18,000 police personnel are deployed.

Among the main candidates in fray are BJP's Shreyasi Singh, who is contesting from the Jamui seat, former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi from the Imamganj seat, Uday Narayan Choudhary, former Bihar Assembly Speaker and veteran Dalit leader. Bahubali leader Anant Kumar Singh from the Mokama seat on RJD ticket, Tejashwi Yadav from RJD stronghold Raghopur seat, Tej Pratap Yadav from Hasanpur seat, Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav from Madhepur seat and Divya Prakash from the Tarapur seat.

Posted By: Talib Khan