Patna, May 7 (PTI): Voting today began in Bihar for the crucial fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections. Seven constituencies would go to polls today which will decide the fate of 118 candidates, including LJP president Ramvilas Paswan and former state Chief Minister and Lalu Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi.
Ramvilas Paswan and Rabri Devi are contesting from Hajipur (SC) and Saran Lok Sabha seat respectively. Remaining five seats which are voting in this phase are Sheohar, Sitamarhi, Muzaffarpur, Maharajganj and Ujiyarpur. Polling would also be held in Chiraiya and Maharajgan assembly constituencies in this phase also.
Five of the seven LS seats going to polls had been won by JD (U) in 2009 while Saran and Maharajganj had gone to RJD. Over 1.08 crore voters are expected to cast their votes around 9,804 polling stations amidst elaborate security arrangements. The Indo-Nepal border has been sealed for the purpose. Two helicopters will carry out air surveillance while 66,211 jawans will man the polling stations.
A total 145 companies of the central Para-military forces are also lined up for poll duty besides seven units of the mounted police, 36 motor boats, motorized boats and 375 motorcycles for patrolling in sensitive areas.