Bihar assembly elections: Lot at stake in second phase

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Patna, Oct 15: Bihar will vote in the second phase of the assembly elections tomorrow and it is being considered a crucial round.

There are several major players whose fate will be decided tomorrow which included former Chief Minister of Bihar, Jitan Ram Manjhi. [Bihar Assembly Elections 2015: Know all about 2nd phase polls]

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The Bihar polls considered to be the mother of all elections this year has several other important candidates who will test their fate tomorrow. In addition to this there are 456 candidates who will be contesting the elections tomorrow of which 142 of them have declared pending criminal cases against them.

Major players to test their fates tomorrow:

The major player tomorrow will be Jitan Ram Manjhi the former CM of Bihar. This is a very crucial election for him and his party the HAM-S as it would decide his future in the politics of the state.

Manjhi is contesting the elections from the Makhdumpur and Imamganj consituencies.

Prem Kumar of the BJP who is an aspirant for the post of Chief Minister will be contesting from the Gaya Town constituency.

Assembly speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary of JD-U will face the polls too tomorrow and he will be conesting from Imamganj.

Pending criminal cases and crorepatis:

The second phase of the Bihar polls will also see 106 crorepaties in the fray apart from 142 others who have declared pending criminal cases against them.

Out of all the 456 candidates, 142 (31%) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.

110 (24%) candidates have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, communal disharmony, kidnapping, crimes against women etc.

11 candidates have declared cases related to murder. Ramendra Ram of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) from Chenari (SC) constituency has declared 2 charges related to murder while rest of the candidates face one charge each.

2 candidates of Garib Janata (Secular), 1 of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation (CPI (ML)(L)), 1 candidate fielded by Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, 1 by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and 5 Independent candidates have declared cases related to murder in their affidavits.

6 candidates have declared cases related to crimes against women. 1 candidate fielded by BSP, 1 by RJD, 1 by Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha and 1 Independent candidate have each declared offence related to assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty (IPC Section-354).

Out of the 456 candidates, 106 (23%) are crorepatis. 9 (56%) out of 16 fielded by BJP, 10 (77%) out of 13 candidates from JD(U), 8 (62%) out of 13 candidates from RJD, 8 (42%) out of 19 candidates fielded by SP, 3 (50%) out of 6 candidates of INC, 4 (31%) out of 13 candidates of CPI, 15(47%) out of 32 candidates of BSP and 22 (15%) out of 146 Independent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.

The average of assets per candidate contesting in the second phase of Bihar assembly elections is Rs.1.18 crores.

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