The Election Commission has announced that the elections to Bihar assembly will be held next month in five phases — October 12, 16, 28, Nov 1 and Nov 5, while the counting will be held on November 8. Polling will be held in 49 seats in 1st phase, 32 in 2nd, 50 in 3rd, 55 in 4th and 57 in 5th and final phase.
The fate of Nitish Kumar’s government in Bihar will be put to test with the BJP is all out to wrest the state from its erstwhile ally and current bete noir. After his split from the NDA, Nitish Kumar has joined hands with Lalu Prasad Yadav and Congress, while Mulayam Singh Yadav has abruptly exited from the alliance at the last minute.
Nitish Kumar won Bihar elections twice in a row and was Bihar Chief Minister for most part except for a brief hiatus. His popularity and his governance will be put to test for the third time bu BJP is all out to win the state elections. Since Congress has also joined the new alliance, it will become a fiercely-fought elections in Indian history in recent times.
The total number of Assembly Constituencies in the States of Bihar are 243 and 66826658 voters are registered so far and 38 seats are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 2 seats for the Scheduled Tribes.
With the announcement of elections, the model code of conduct will come into effect in Bihar. The EC said, “The Model Code of Conduct comes into effect immediately from now onwards. All the provisions of the Model Code will apply to the whole of Bihar State and will be applicable to all candidates, political parties, the State Government of Bihar. The Model Code of Conduct shall be applicable to the Union Govt. for the State.”
To ensure effective implementation of the code, “Any violations of these Guidelines would be strictly dealt with and the Commission re-emphasizes that the instructions issued in this regard from time to time should be read and understood by all Political Parties, contesting candidates and their agents/representatives, to avoid any misgivings or lack of information or understanding/interpretation.”