Thirteen of the 35 Assembly constituencies in Central Bihar went to polls in the fifth phase of the Assembly elections on Tuesday. These constituencies have a heavy Naxal presence.
Yet, the voters seemed undeterred. The total voter turnout for this phase was 50 percent.
These are some of the most backward constituencies of Bihar and the mandate seems heavily tilted in favour of development. “We are voting in the name of development,” one of the voters said.
Briefing mediapersons, Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi said that except stray incidents, the polling was held peacefully. He said the percentage of polling in the fifth phase today was higher than 41.24 per cent polled in the same areas in 2005 assembly polls and 39.43 per cent in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.