Bihar’s capital city, Patna, votes today, and Lalu Prasad Yadav and his wife, Rabri Devi, arrived early to cast their vote.
Lalu, who like his wife is a former Chief Minister, entered the polling station at the Digha Assembly constituency with his security guards, violating guidelines for the model code of conduct. So, the Patna district administration has ordered that a First Information Report (FIR) be registered against him.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was quick to take a swipe at Lalu. “He cannot improve, he enjoys breaking rules and laws,” Nitish said.
Polling in Bihar is being held in six phases – today marks the fourth phase. Counting is scheduled for November 24.
Polling is being held in 42 constituencies, many of them Naxal-affected, and there are reports of a Maoist-triggered explosion near a bridge on Chakai-Jamui main road in Batai jungle. No one was injured in the incident. The BSF personnel retaliated, and the extremists fled away.
Multi-tier security has been put in place and voting will be held in Alauli (SC), Suryagarha, Tarapur, Jamalpur, Katoria (SC), Belhar, Sinkandra (SC), Jamui, Jhajha and Chakair, between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm.