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Bihar Polls: 25 seats in 1st phase to decide Muslims kingmakers or losers

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 05:46:37 PM, ummid.com Staff Reporter

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Malegaon: The first of the six phases of the month-long elections to the Bihar state assembly is to be held Thursday on October 21. In this phase, as many as 47 assembly constituencies of the Bihar Assembly will go to the poll tomorrow.

 

About 10.6 million voters in these 47 seats will decide the fate of 635 candidates in the fray for the first lot of the 243 assembly seats.

 

In 25 out of the total 47 seats in this phase, Muslim votes are crucial where they constitute more that 20% votes. 10 out of these 25 constituencies have more than 50% voters that include Amour in Purnia district and Kochadhaman in Kishanganj district having 74.33 and 74.22 per cent Muslim voters respectively.

 

As usual, all major political parties have fielded Muslim candidates in these 25 seats and a clear and imminent division of votes would certainly benefit Janata Dal (JD-U)-Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) ruling alliance. Interestingly the alliance itself has fielded Muslim candidates on only 5 seats.

 

Analysts are of the opinion that Muslim voters are upset over the Ayodhya verdict and the mood in the Muslim dominated constituencies are against Congress and the ruling alliance. However, the Muslims in India are knwon for splitting their votes among too many Muslim candidates and even from these areas, non-Muslim candidates are elected. In the first phase of the election, the 47 seats that will go to votes tomorrow, it will be tested in 25 seats once again if Muslims are losers as always .... or kingmakers.

 

Factfile of the first phase

Number of assembly constituencies - 47

Total voters - 10.7 million (5,678,567 men and 5,022,230 women)

Total number of candidates - 635

Total number of woman candidates - 52

Assembly constituency with maximum candidates - Kadwa (22 candidates)

Assembly constituency with minimum candidates - Singheshwar (Scheduled Caste constituency - seven candidates)

Party-wise list of candidates - Bahujan Samaj Party (45), Bharatiya Janata Party (21), Communist Party India (11), Communist Party of India-Marxist (7), Congress (47), Nationalist Congress Party (33), Janata Dal-United (26), Rashtriya Janata Dal (31) and other parties 156

Independent candidates - 238

Electronic voting machines to be used - 25,728

Largest assembly constituency area-wise - Saharsa

Largest assembly constituency voter-wise - Saharsa

 

Total number of constituencies having more than 20% Muslims - 25

 

The lowest number of Muslim candidates is in Forbesganj (35.15% Muslim voters) in Araria district where only one Muslim candidate Kafil Ahmed is contesting on the BSP ticket.

 

The highest number is in Bahadurganj (69.20%) in Kishanganj where out of total 16 candidates 11 are Muslims. 

 

 

 

 

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