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Exclusive: 5 phase Bihar Assembly election to be held between Oct 12-Nov 8

New Delhi: The Election Commission of India will today announce the dates of the high-voltage Bihar Assembly polls today.India TV has exclusive information that the polling will be held in five phases starting October 12
India TV News Desk September 09, 2015 12:18 IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: The Election Commission of India will today announce the dates of the high-voltage Bihar Assembly polls today.

India TV has exclusive information that the polling will be held in five phases starting October 12 and ending November 8.

Results will be declared after Diwali, which falls on November 11.

The term of the 243-member Bihar Assembly comes to an end on November 29.

The Election Commission officials yesterday met to discuss the dates and availability of security personnel.

Last week, the Election Commission had a detailed meeting with top Home Ministry officials on deployment of security forces during the polls.

Around 50,000 paramilitary personnel will be deployed for each phase to ensure peaceful balloting. Apart from the central forces, state police will also be deployed extensively during the elections.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and an alliance of the Janata Dal-United and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) that has the backing of the Congress will be the main contenders in the polls.

The BJP, which had almost swept the state in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls in alliance with Ram Vilas Paswan's LJP and Upendra Kushwaha's RLSP, is hoping to repeat its performance.

On the other hand, after ruling the state for 10 years, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is seeking a third term. He walked out of NDA in 2013 snapping 17-year-old ties with the BJP.