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Chhath, navratra bring down poll percentage during first phase polling in Bihar

Four Bihar constituencies go to vote in the first phase



PATNA: An estimated 20.31 percent voters cast their votes in the first four hours during the first phase of polling being held in four Lok Sabha constituencies of Bihar on Thursday.

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The constituencies where the voting is underway include Gaya, Aurangabad, Nawada and Jamui, currently all held by the NDA.

According to media reports, a maximum of 27 percent polling was recorded in Nawada, followed by 23 percent each in Gaya and Jamui and 17 percent in Aurangabad.

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Many say the polling has been low owing to the two prominent festivals of Hindus—Chhath and Navratra which coincide with the voting.

In Aurangabad’s Deo town where the famous Sun temple is located, thousands of Hindu devotees have assembled to offer prayers to the Sun god on Thursday.

This has probably prevented many devotees who are observing 36-hour-long fast since Wednesday stand in long queues in the sweltering heat to cast their votes, reports said.

Owing to the festivals, shopkeepers too have kept their shops opened to sell goods to the devotees and the visitors which have also seen low poll percentage.

Earlier most of these shops would remain shut on the polling day so that their owners could participate in the democratic process but all these shops are open today, hampering the poll percentage.

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