Patna | Jagran News Desk: The much-awaited Bihar Assembly Election began on Wednesday with 71 seats going to polls. The first phase of polling, which was held amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, passed off peacefully and a voter turnout of 53.46 per cent was recorded till 6 pm.

The Bihar Assembly Election is seeing an interesting contest this year. JD(U)'s Nitish Kumar is seeking his fourth term and has formed a formidable alliance with the BJP. On the other hand, the Grand Alliance -- RJD, Congress and Left -- is looking to dethrone Nitish and regain the power in the state.

Here are the highlights of the day:

16:29 pm: Firing and lathi-charge on devotees of Maa Durga in Munger were done at the behest of Nitish Kumar-Sushil Modi government... There is arson and lawlessness, and Nitish Kumar is to be held responsible, saying Congress' Randeep Singh Surjewala

15:50 pm: On Nov 10 Mahagathbandhan will form the government with a thumping majority. Based on CM's bewildered responses & unsatisfactory answers after 5 years, the public has understood that there is a need for change, says Congress' Sachin Pilot

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13:50 pm: 15 years ago, some people put Bihar in identity crisis. Recall their 'jungle raj' when corruption was rampant...6 years ago, choosing PM Modi changed nature of Indian politics. Now, no poor has religion or caste. Development is for all, says UP CM Yogi Adityanath

13:29 pm: Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 | 'He is PM, can say anything': Tejashwi Yadav on PM Modi's 'jungle raj ka Yuvraj' remark

13:00 pm: Adityanath also said that the RJD had put Bihar in identity crisis.

12:50 pm: RJD, Left parties want to bring jungleraj in Bihar, says UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

12:30 pm: Yogi Adityanath addresses rally in Bhar's Daraunda

12:23 pm: Bihar Elections 2020 | 'Nitish will lose, BJP-LJP to form new govt': Chirag Paswan after PM's hint at LJP not being part of NDA

11:40 am: Nitish Kumar appeals people of Bihar to vote for NDA.

10:51 am: It is expected that UP CM Yogi Adityanath will also address three rallies in Bihar today.

10:25 am: PM Modi should have talked about special package and unemployment and hunger in Bihar during his rally: Tejashwi Yadav

9:47 am: Bihar Elections 2020: PM Modi calls Tejashwi 'Yuvraj' of jungle-raj, urges people to save Bihar from becoming 'bimar'

9:12 am: This time people voted for change and development. The feedback I am getting from my party candidates and workers clearly indicates that CM Nitish Kumar won't be able to retain his position after November 10. BJP-LJP will form a new government in Bihar, says Chirag Paswan

8:44 am: Apart from Nitish, RJD's Tejashwi Yadav will also hold rallies in the state today. 

8:21 am: Meanwhile, current chief minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar will hold several rallies in the state today. 

8:01 am: Bihar Elections 2020: Voting for phase 1 ends, 53.46% voter turnout recorded till 6 pm amid Covid-19 pandemic

7:40 am: The first phase of polling ended with a voter turnout of 53.46 per cent.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma