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Second phase of assembly poll in Jharkhand on Saturday

Polling will be held between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. in Jamshedpur(East) and Jamshedpur(West) constituencies, while in the rest of the 18 constituencies voters will exercise their franchise between 7 a.m and 3 p.m, an EC release said. A total 47,24,968 voters, including women and third gender voters will decide the fate of 260 candidates, the EC sources said.

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    Jagdanand Singh is a renowned Rajput leader from central Bihar and has strong influence over upper caste voters and farmers of the region. He is still remembered for his work as water resources minister during RJD government.

    Months after the Congress enjoyed a lead of over 20,000 votes in the area under Khunti assembly constituency in this year’s Lok Sabha election, Nilkanth Singh Munda faces a candidate put up jointly by the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

    A total of 37,83,055 electorate, including 18,01,356 women and five third-gender voters were eligible to exercise their franchise in the first phase of polling across six districts, which began at 7 am, EC officials said. Additional DGP Murari Lal Meena said Naxalites exploded a bomb near a culvert in the forests of Gumla district, but there was no casualty.

    Bhanupratap Shahi, who had won the Bhawanathpur seat as the nominee of a local political outfit in 2014, has now joined the BJP and is its nominee for the seat in this election. The BJP candidate whom Shahi had defeated five years ago, Anant Pratap Dev, is trying his luck to enter the state assembly as an independent.

    A total of 37,83,055 electorate, including 18,01,356 women and five third-gender voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the first phase across six districts.

    A total of 37,83,055 voters of Chatra (SC), Gumla (ST), Bishunpur (ST), Lohardaga (ST), Manika (SC), Latehar (SC), Panki, Daltonganj, Bishrampur, Chhatarpur (SC), Hussainabad, Garhwa and Bhawanathpur constituencies will decide the fate of 189 candidates in the first phase of the polls, which will be held on Saturday.

    The BJP's fire-brand leader's barb was directed at the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Congress and the RJD who have come together to take on the BJP in the ensuing elections for the 81-member Jharkhand assembly.

    Upset over political developments in Maharashtra, the Congress and other opposition parties boycotted Constitution Day celebrations in the Central Hall of Parliament and held a joint protest in front of the Ambedkar statue inside Parliament complex.

    Besides the loan waiver assurance, the manifesto - released by AICC in-charge RPN Singh - pledged to free farmers from the clutches of money lenders and make the process of institutional loans easier.

    Congress president Sonia Gandhi approved the candidature of Yogendra Baitha from Simaria (SC) seat, Basudev Verma from Bagodar, and Sweta Singh from Bokaro replacing Sanjay Singh, a party statement said. With this, the Congress has named candidates on the 31 seats it is contesting in the polls to the 81-member Assembly.

    In a departure from convention, the Rajya Sabha on Monday allowed leaders of various political parties to speak and pay tributes to five late members, including former finance minister Arun Jaitley.

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