Sweltering heat, diminishing voters’ interest slow down polling in fifth phase in Bihar
Polling underway on five LS seats in Bihar in the fifth phase
Voting has been rather slow during the initial hours of polling in Bihar with estimated 15 percent voters casting their in the first three hours. The polling is being held on five Lok Sabha seats in the fifth phase.
Election Commission officials said a maximum of 17 percent polling was recorded in Saran followed by 16 percent in Hajipur, 15 percent in Sitamarhi, 14.10 percent in Muzaffarpur and 13 percent in Madhubani.
All these seats are currently held by the NDA and hence it is a big challenge for the ruling alliance to retain those seats.
Authorities said the sweltering heat and lack of interest in the polling process are slowing down the poll percentage in town areas while in the rural pockets the villagers are still showing interests.
Local issues have continued dominating the poll scenes in Bihar although the BJP has tried hard to fight elections over the issue of nationalism and national security.
Majority of youths and villagers said the unemployment, hunger and farm distress very much remain the main poll issues for them though national security is also important for them.
Key contestants: Rajiv Pratap Rudy (BJP), Chandrika Rai (RJD)
Key contestants: Pashupati Kumar Paras (LJP), Shiv Chandra Ram (RJD)
Key contestants: Ajay Nishad (BJP), Raj Bhushan Chaudhary (VIP)
Key contestants; Ashok Yadav (BJP), Badri Kumar Purve (VIP), Shakeel Ahmad (Independent)
Sitamarhi: Sunil Kumar Pintu (JD-U), Arjun Rai (RJD)