Exit polls for Bihar to be tested today

Exit polls for Bihar to be tested today
Tejashwi Yadav, Nitish Kumar, Sushil Modi, Chirag Paswan
NEW DELHI/DIMAPUR, NOV 9 (AGENCIES/NPN) | Publish Date: 11/9/2020 12:42:51 PM IST

November 10 will be a very crucial day for Bihar as the Assembly election results will decide whether Tejashwi Yadav (RJD-led Mahagathbandhan) becomes chief minister or will incumbent Nitish Kumar of the NDA get a fourth term. A majority exit polls released after the third and final round of polls suggest that Tejashwi Yadav-led Mahagathbandhan might have an edge over the NDA.

One of the key questions that is being asked is whether Bihar has voted for a young CM. Yadav who turned 31 on November 9.

According to Election Commission of India, the counting of votes will begin at 8 a.m. with all necessary precautions amid the fears of coronavirus crisis.

This was the first major election held in the country amid the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s contest in Bihar seems to be a direct one between the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and Mahagathbandhan. From the ‘grand alliance’, RJD is contesting in 144 seats, Congress in 70, and CPI(ML) in 19. From the NDA, the JD(U) is contesting in 115 seats and BJP in 110.

This election is especially crucial for chief minister Nitish Kumar who is seeking a fourth straight term in office. RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav has turned out to be a huge challenge for the incumbent BJP-JDU alliance in the state with massive crowds in his 215 campaign rallies and most exit polls putting the Mahagathbandhan at an advantageous position to form the next government in the state. Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party is fighting the polls alone.

Counting for 2 by-polls in Nagaland today

 Counting of votes of two by-elections to the 14 Southern Angami-I and 60 Pungro-Kiphire assembly constituencies will commence Tuesday at 8am.

The two assembly seats witnessed a high voter turnout of  89.34%. In the 14 Southern Angami-I by-election, the voter turnout was  84.89% while the turn out for the 60 Pungro-Kiphire by-poll was recorded at 91.57% (tally after the re-poll in two polling stations held on November 7).

Re-poll was held in Singrep polling station 11 and Kipongya Ward A Kiphire Town polling station no. 8, under 60 Pungro-Kiphire assembly bypoll on November 14, 2020.

For the 14 Southern Angami-I seat, the ruling NDPP, heading the PDA coalition will be seeking to retain the seat held by late Vikho-o Yhoshü speaker NLA. Three candidates are contesting the vacant seat-PDA consensus candidate Medo Yhokha(NDPP), NPF candidate Kikovi Kirha and Independent candidate Seyievilie Peter Zashumo. For the 60 Pungro-Kiphire assembly constituency, which fell vacant after the demise of sitting MLA Torechu of NPF, there are five contestants- Khaseo Anar of the Congress, BJP’s Lirimong Sangtam and Independent candidates-K Shellumthong, T Yangseo Sangtam and Kiusumew Yimchunger. 

The seat was a Congress bastion which was later wrested by NPF. This time NPF did not set up its candidate. 

CEO’s office informed that a three-tier security arrangement has been put in place at the two counting centres at the respective DC’s complex, officials said.

The counting centres will be disinfected before, during and after the counting. The carrying cases of CUs/VVPATs will also be sanitized before placing over the counting tables. Returning Officers of both the assembly constituencies will regularly upload round wise data and counting trends which will be available at ECI portal

Meanwhile, counting of votes polled for by-elections to 57 assembly seats in 10 states and one Lok Sabha seat in Bihar will also be held on November 10.

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