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Campaign for 2nd phase ends
Patna, Oct 22 (PTI/IANS)
Published on 22 Oct. 2010 9:36 PM IST
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: Campaigning ended on Friday for the 45 constituencies figuring in the second phase of Assembly elections in Bihar on October 24.
Altogether 99.49 lakh voters are eligible to vote to determine the electoral fate of 623 candidates in the fray in East Champaran, Sheohar, Sitamarhi, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and Samastipur districts.
Political stalwarts whose fate will be decided include state RJD chief Abdul Bari Siddiqui (Alinagar), his JD(U) counterpart Vijay Kumar Choudhary (Sarairanjan), ministers Ramnath Thakur (Samastipur) and Shahid Ali Khan (Sursand).
LJP supremo Ram Vilas Paswan’s brother Ramchandra Paswan will be crossing swords with CLP leader Ashok Kumar in Kusheshwa Asthan. RJD chief whip in the Assembly and former minister Ramchandra Purve are contesting from Parihar, while former union minister M A A Fatmi’s son Fraz Fatmi is in the fray from Kevati.
The Congress and the BSP are contesting all the seats. The ruling JD(U) is contesting 28 seats and ally BJP 17. The RJD is in the fray in 34 Assembly constituencies, and ally LJP in 11. CPI-M and CPI have put up eight candidates each, while CPI-ML (Liberation) is contesting in 11 seats.
In the February and October 2005 polls, the percentage of votes of the RJD-LJP was higher than the NDA despite a dip in RJD’s votes by 10 per cent compared to February that year.
Though infrastructure, law and order are factors in favour of the NDA, the OBC-EBC and minority votes are also crucial.
The NDA is riding high on its development plank and votes of EBCs who form a big chunk of the votebank in entire eastern Bihar.
JD(U) expels 3 leaders
The JD(U) on Friday expelled three leaders, including the rebel independent candidate from Barauli assembly constituency Sumer Kumar Kushwaha, from primary membership of the party.
Besides JD(U)’s Gopalganj district General Secretary Kushwaha, party leaders Shivdhyan Singh and Devendra Singh from Gopalganj and Jamui districts respectively, have been expelled from primary membership, JD(U) General Secretary Ravindra Singh said in a release.
While Kushwaha went against the party diktat and decided to contest as an independent from Barauli, Shivdhyan and Devendra Singh were also involved in anti-JD(U) activites in poll campaigning, the party said.

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