Mob attacks BJP MP in Bihar as penultimate round records 60 percent polling
Polling was held on eight LS seats in Bihar in sixth and penultimate round
PATNA: An estimated 60 percent voters cast their votes as polling in eight Lok Sabha seats of Bihar passed off peacefully in the sixth and penultimate phase barring stray incidents of violence and shocking occurrences.
Reports quoting Elections Commission officials said a maximum of 63.90 percent polling was recorded in West Champaran followed by 63.80 percent in Valmikinagar, 61.37 percent in Vaishali, 60 percent in Sheohar, 59.20 percent in Gopalganj, 58.70 percent in East Champaran, 56.75 percent in Siwan and 52.12 percent in Maharajganj.
A shocking incident was reported from a polling booth in west Champaran where the BJP parliamentarian Dr Sanjay Jaisawal had a miraculous escape after dozens of villagers armed with bamboo sticks attacked him, media reports said.
Media reports Jaiswal had gone to a booth in his constituency when the angry villagers rushed menacingly towards him. However, the security guards accompanying him soon came into action and fired in the air to chase away the mob.
#WATCH: Narkatiaganj: An attempt was made to attack Sanjay Jaiswal (in red kurta), BJP candidate from West Champaran Parliamentary Constituency, with sticks outside polling booth no. 162, 163. He is unhurt. #Bihar #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/sxL3YWyAT7
— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2019
“Apparently an instigating speech delivered by the parliamentarian made the situation tense but it was brought under control very soon,” Bihar chief electoral officer HR Srinivasa told the media on Sunday.
Likewise, a poll official was killed in accidental fire by security personnel in Sheohar while in East Champaran, a voter died of heart attack while emerging from a polling booth after casting his vote.
The sixth phase polling is a major test for the ruling NDA since all the seats are currently held by either BJP or the LJP. On most of the seats, the contest is straight, which is a major worry for the NDA. Narendra Modi wave is also missing this time.
Experts say the initially euphoria noticed among the masses over the air strike on Pakistan terror camps too has vanished as the issues like unemployment, slowing economy, inflation, social security, farmers distress have taken centre-stage.
In the beginning, the BJP tried hard to keep the masses engaged in issues like Pakistan, Vante Matram, beef, Rajiv Gandhi’s “corrupt” dealings and JeM chief Masood Azhar but the focus has now shifted from the issues.
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