EC to announce Bihar assembly poll dates soon

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 17, 2015 17:30 IST
Narendra Modi and Bihar BJP leaders waving at the crowd during the Bhagalpur rally during a campaign for the upcoming Bihar elections. (HT Photo/Ravindra)

The Election Commission is expected to announce the schedule for polls to the Bihar Assembly this week.

The election is expected to be a close race between the Bharatiya Janata Party and an alliance of the Janata Dal-United and the Rashtriya Janata Dal that has the backing of the Congress.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar is seeking a third term after ruling Bihar for ten years. Kumar was earlier allied with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, with which he snapped ties in June 2013 after it projected Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for last year’s general election.

The BJP, which performed well in the state during the Lok Sabha polls, has an alliance with Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party and Upendra Kushwaha's RLSP.

The Bihar polls are expected to be held in five phases and around 50,000 paramilitary personnel will be deployed for each phase to ensure peaceful balloting.


In poll-bound Bihar, spotlight returns to law and order situation

The Election Commission held a meeting with top officials of the Union home ministry last week to discuss the deployment of security forces for the polls that could be held in October.

There is a demand for about 500 companies of around 100 personnel each for each phase of polling and the home ministry will provide the required forces, sources told PTI.

Apart from central forces, state police personnel will also be deployed during the elections.

The term of the 243-member Bihar Assembly ends on November 29.


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