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High drama in Bihar ahead of Assembly polls
Published on 7 Oct. 2010 1:30 AM IST
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High drama was witnessed in Bihar ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections, as JDU workers who have been denied tickets, started burning effigies of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and performed his symbolic last rites.
The party workers who have been denied tickets in the upcoming Assembly elections shaved off their head and indulged in pind daan, as part of performing the last rites of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. All this happened right at the doorstep of the JDU office in Patna.
These agitated workers are going to the extent of continuing this ritual at Gaya. They are even organising a mass bhoj for all disgruntled workers, reports CNN IBN.
Resentment over ticket distribution has come to the fore in all political parties only the method of protest differs. Recently the RJD party office was ransacked, senior Congress leaders were attacked. Even the Congress office was torched at Purnia. The pressure is showing on senior leaders. RJD chief Lalu Yadav is staying on at a plush Patna hotel just to avoid ticket seekers.
Tackling and pacifying these discontented political workers would be the real challenge for all senior leaders before the campaign commences.
Meanwhile, as many as 234 candidates filed their nominations on the penultimate day of filing nominations on Tuesday, for the second phase of the Bihar Assembly polls in 45 seats, scheduled to be held on October 24.
Additional Chief Electoral Officer Kumar Anshumali said with this, the number of candidates having filed their nominations for the second phase poll rose to 367.
Thirty-two candidates also filed their papers on the second day of filing of nomination for 48 constituencies in Bihar where polling will be held in the third phase on October 28.
The last date of filing papers for the second phase of polls is October six and the last date for withdrawal is October 9.

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