Patna, Oct 28: Polling for the third phase of the Bihar assembly elections began on Wednesday. The election is conducted on 50 assembly segments spread over six districts – Saran, Vaishali, Nalanda, Patna, Bhojpur and Buxar. The region is geographically located in western part of the state and is partially affected by left-wing extremism. A total of 1.45 crore voters will seal the fate of 808 candidates. The contest is mostly a bipolar battle between National Democratic Alliance led by BJP and the Mahagathbandhan comprising of Congress, JD(U) and RJD.

According to Additional Electoral Officer R Lakshamanan, 1,107 companies of Central Para Military Forces and state police have been deployed to ensure thew electoral process goes underway without hindrance. (ALSO READ: Doordarshan rolls out special programmes for Bihar elections)

Essential points to be known:

– Voting begins on 7 AM. In 10 constituencies, it will be discontinued at 4 PM, whereas the remaining assembly segments it will continue till 5 PM. The ten seats where the electoral process would halt early are affected by left-wing extremism.

– A total of 808 candidates are contesting on the 50 seats combined. However, only 71 of them are women.

– 8 assembly segments are declared as Scheduled Caste (SC) only. They are: Garkha, Raja Pakar, Patepur, Rajgir, Phulwari, Musaurhi, Agiaon, Rajpur.

– Election Commission has marked 14,170 polling stations as active in the region. 6,747 have been declared as critical and 1,909 as facing the threat from Maoist cadres.

Party-wise distribution:

– Within the NDA, BJP will contest on maximum seats by placing its candidates on 34 of the 50 seats. Ally Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party will fight on 10 assembly segments, whereas Upendra Kushwhawa’ RLSP will contest 2. Former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi will field candidates on 3 seats.

– From the Mahagathbhandhan, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD will contest on the maximum number of seats by fielding its candidates on 25 assembly segments. JD(U) will fight on 18 seats, whereas 7 constituencies have been left for the Congress.

2010 election results from the same region:

In the previous assembly elections, the combination of BJP-JD(U) bagged 43 seats, whereas the remaining 7 were won by RJD.

BJP – 20
JD(U)- 23
RJD – 07
Congress – 00
LJP – 00

Key electoral facts:

– The district of Saran comprising of 10 assembly segments is considered to be the stronghold of Lalu Prasad Yadav.

– Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejaswi Yadav, the two sons of Lalu will be contesting from Mahua and Raghopur in Vaishali district.

– Veteran BJP leader and face of its OBC unit, Nand Kishore Yadav will be contesting from Patna Sahib constituency.

Complete list of candidates constituency wise:

ConstituencyMahagatbandhanNDA
CandidatePartyCandidateParty
EkmaManoranjan SinghJDUKameshwar SinghBJP
ManjhiVijay Shankar DubeyINCKeshav SinghLJP
BaniapurKedar Nath SinghRJDTarkeshwar SinghBJP
TaraiyaMudrika Prasad RoyRJDJanak SinghBJP
MarhauraJitendra Kumar RaiRJDLal Babu RayBJP
ChapraRandhir Kumar SinghRJDC.N GuptaBJP
GarkhaMuneshwar ChaudharyRJDGyanchand ManjhiBJP
AmnourKrishnan Kumar MantooJDUShatrudhan TiwariBJP
ParsaChandrika RaiRJDChotelal RaiLJP
SonpurRamanuj PrasadRJDVinay Kumar SinghBJP
HajipurJagannath Prasad RaiCongressAvdhesh SinghBJP
LalganjVijay Kumar ShuklaJDURaj Kumar SahLJP
VaishaliRaj Kishore SinghJDUBrishin PatelHAM
MahuaTej Pratap YadavRJDRavindra RaiHAM
RajapakarShivchandra RamRJDRam Nath ramanLJP
RaghopurTejashwi Prasad YadavRJDSatish KumarBJP
MahnarUmesh Singh KushwahaJDUDr. AchyutanandBJP
PatepurPrema ChaudharyRJDMahendra BaithaBJP
AsthawanJitendra KumarJDUChotelal YadavLJP
BiharsharifMohammad Asgar
Shameem
JDUDr. Sunil KumarBJP
RajgirRavi Jyoti KumarJDUSatyadeo Narayan AryaBJP
IslampurChandrasen PrasadJDUBirendra GopeBJP
HilsaAtri Muni Urph Shakti
Singh Yadav
RJDDeepika KumariLJP
NalandaShravon KumarJDUKaushlendra KumarBJP
HarnautHari Narayan SinghJDUArun KumarLJP
MokamaNeeraj KumarJDUKanhaiya Kumar SinghLJP
BarhManoj KumarJDUGyanendra Kumar SinghBJP
BakhtiarpurAniruddh KumarRJDRanvijay SinghBJP
DighaRajeev Ranjan PrasadJDUSanjiv ChaurasiaBJP
BankipurKumar AshishCongressNitin NaveenBJP
KumhrarAquil HaidarCongressArun Kumar SinhaBJP
Patna SahibSantosh MehtaRJDNand Kishore YadavBJP
FatuhaRamanand YadavRJDSatyendra SinghLJP
DanapurRajkishore YadavRJDAsha DeviBJP
ManerBhai VirendraRJDSrikant NiralaBJP
PhulwariShyam RajakJDURajeshwar ManjhiHAM
MasaurhiRekha DeviRJDNutan PaswanHAM
PaliganjJai Vardhan YadavRJDRam Janm SharmaBJP
BikramSiddharthaINCAnil KumarBJP
SandeshArun KumarRJDSanjay Singh (Tiger)BJP
BarharaSaroj YadavRJDAsha DeviBJP
ArrahMuhammad Nawaz AlamRJDAmrendra Pradap SinghBJP
AgiaonPrabhunath PrasadJDUShivesh KumarBJP
TarariAkhilesh Prasad SinghCongressGita PandeyLJP
JagdishpurRam Vishun SinghRJDRakesh RaushanRLSP
ShahpurRahul TiwaryRJDVisheswar SinghBJP
BrahampurShambhunath YadavRJDVivek ThakurBJP
BuxarSanjay Kumar TiwariINCPradeep DubeyBJP
DumraonDadan YadavJDURam Bihari SinghRLSP
RajpurSantosh Kumar NiralaJDUVishwanath RamBJP