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5 LS seats go to polls in Bihar in phase 2

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

The second phase of elections in on Thursday will witness polling in five seats which are critically important for Chief Kumar's JD(U).

The (United) is contesting all the five seats, including Purnea which it had won in 2014 contesting separately from the BJP-led NDA.

The BJP had contested all the five seats in the last and lost all of these.

Fates of 68 candidates will be decided by 86.01 lakh voters across Bhagalpur, Banka, Kishanganj, Katihar and Purnea constituencies.

Purnea of the JD(U) is in a straight fight with of the who had won the seat on BJP ticket in 2004 and 2009 but quit the saffron party in protest that it is giving "too many" seats to the JD(U).

is the younger brother of Nand Kishore Singh, a bureaucrat who is currently of the 15th Their mother had won the seat twice in the 1980s as a candidate.

Another is former Union Tariq Anwar who seeks to retain Katihar as a nominee. He had won the seat on an ticket five years ago.

A of the NCP, Anwar returned to the Congress last year after two decades. He had won the seat for the Congress four times in the 1980s and the 1990s.

The JD(U) has fielded Dulal there.

In Banka, faces a three-cornered contest with JD(U)'s Giridhari Yadav and former who has thrown her hat in the ring as an Independent.

Giridhari Yadav had won the seat in 1996 and 2004 while had won it in 2010 in the election necessitated by the death of her husband

Having won as an Independent, she finished second in 2014 when she contested as a BJP candidate, losing by a margin of just over 10,000 votes. She was recently expelled from the party after her nomination papers.

In Bhagalpur, Shailesh Kumar alias Bulo Mandal is in a straight contest with of the JD(U).

The Congress, which had won Kishanganj in 2014, has fielded local MLA this time. Its sitting MP Asrarul Haque died last year.

The JD(U) has fielded and, notably, in 2014 when it fought separately from the BJP, the two parties had together polled less number of votes than the Congress winner.

The JD(U) candidate of 2014, Akhtarul Iman, is contesting on a ticket of the AIMIM headed by Kishanganj is the sole seat in the state where the Muslim population exceeds 50 per cent.

Voting will be held from 7 am to 6 pm at all places except Katoria and Belhar assembly segments under Banka constituency where it will conclude two hours early, the election department officials said.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 18:25 IST