Ahead of the Bihar Assembly elections later this month, the Opposition alliance has announced Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav as its Chief Ministerial candidate.
The alliance includes the RJD, the Congress, and the Left.
Yadav will contest against CM Nitish Kumar, who heads the ruling coalition in Bihar and is vying for re-election.
Here are more details.
The RJD has been allotted 144 seats out of 243 in the upcoming state elections. The Congress will contest 70 seats, while the Left has been allotted 29 seats. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha will get seats from the RJD quota, the alliance announced on Saturday.
Notably, one of the smaller parties in the coalition—the VIP party—exited the alliance over seat-sharing saying they had been "cheated."
The Opposition will also focus on the Centre's farm bills. The Centre is ruled by the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, which includes Kumar's Janata Dal (United).
Kumar has detailed his election plan which will focus on infrastructure, female education, skill development, etc.
The Bihar elections will be held in three phases.
The first phase will be held on October 28 across 71 constituencies. The second phase for 94 constituencies will be held on November 3, followed by the third phase for 78 constituencies on November 7.
The poll results will be declared on November 10.
Bihar has 72 million registered voters, according to the Election Commission.
The polls are the biggest elections in India since the coronavirus pandemic started. Hence, many changes have been introduced including no physical contact during the campaign, an extra voting hour, etc.
Voting will take place from 7 am-6 pm instead of 5 pm. COVID-19 patients, suspected cases, and those in quarantine will vote separately. Voters will also have to use masks and gloves.
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