Bihar will go to the polls in five phases from October 12 to November 5, with polls counting on November 8, the Election Commission of India declared here on Wednesday.
Mr. Nasim Zaidi, Bihar Chief Election Commissioner said election to the 243 seat Assembly will be hung on October 12, 16, 28, and November 1, 5. The present’s term House expires on November 29. Surveying will be held for 49 seats in the first phase, 32 in the second, 50 in the third, 55 in the fourth and 57 in the fifth and last phase. The model set of accepted rules comes into impact quickly.
Noticing that various vital festivals like Eid, Muharram and Dussehra will fall in the election period, Mr. Zaidi said the Election Commission will make strides and convey forces to ensure shared concordance and peace.
The EC has ensured that Central furnished police power personnel will be sent in each of the 62,779 surveying stations. More than 47 constituencies are influenced by left-wing extremism. Surprisingly, Electronic Voting Machines will bear photos of candidates to anticipate confusion over contenders with the same names.
The highly anticipated survey will be a key test for the fame of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the troublesome period the BJP has continued after a gigantic loss in the Delhi election prior this year.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is seeking a third term for his JD(U), this time in alliance with the RJD and the Congress.
In front of the Assembly elections, the Union government said on Wednesday that coal linkage was sanction for NTPC’s Barh force plant in Bihar. The decision will help to cut the cost of power era significantly.
An extra allotment of Rs. 1,850 crore has been sanctioned to enhance power situation in the State as a component of the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) and the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IDPS), Power Minister Piyush Goyal told reporters here. These decisions, nonetheless, were tackled Tuesday, he said.
“There was no coal linkage for the Barh force plant. The plant was purchasing coal straightforwardly from the business sector which resulted in underutilisation of limit as well as a rise in the cost of power. Presently, it has been given coal linkage that will assist it with lessening the variable cost of force from Rs. 4.15 for every unit to Rs. 2 for each unit,” said Mr. Goyal, who is also Minister for Coal and New & Renewable Energy.
The linkage would result in savings of Rs. 2,000 crore consistently, he said, including that of the 1,320 MW force created at the plant, 1,000 MW would be given to Bihar. While 660-MW limit was operational at the plant, the remaining would be operational by one month from now.
“This [the decision] has been taken so that the people of Bihar get alleviation of Rs. 1,500 crore as power rates will go down,” he said. Further, the sanction investment of Rs. 6,106 crore for Bihar under the DDUGJY and the IDPS was increased to Rs. 7,956 crore.