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Voting begins in final phase of Bihar polls

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Patna: Polling began on Thursday in 57 constituencies in the fifth and final round of the Bihar polls in some of the state’s most backward pockets notorious for poverty, illiteracy as well as migration.

The pockets are also home to a sizable Muslim and Yadav population whom everyone is aggressively wooing.

The voting, which began at 7 am will end at 5 pm.

About 1.55 crore voters will be eligible to decide the political fate of 827 candidates in this phase in seven districts — Kishanganj, Purnea, Araria and Katihar in Seemanchal region, and Saharsa, Madhepura and Supaul in Kosi region.

This phase is crucial for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his allies, RJD chief Lalu Prasad and the Congress, as well as the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA in the keen battle to control the 243-seat Bihar assembly.

The millions of votes polled in the staggered elections that began on October 12 will be counted on November 8.

(IANS)

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Lok Sabha Election 2019: OBCs, STs and Upper Caste Hindus Swayed it for NDA

A dissection of religion-based voting pattern show that the NDA's largest support base was upper caste Hindus

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Lok Sabha Election 2019, OBCs
The NDA got overwhelming support across the broad spectrum of social strata. Pixabay

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) got maximum support from the Other Backward Castes (OBCs), followed by Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Scheduled Castes (SCs), according to the IANS-CVOTER analysis of the voting pattern in the General Election 2019.

Among the social groups, 47.1 per cent of OBCs voted for the NDA against 43.2 per cent STs and 39.5 per cent SCs.

The NDA got overwhelming support across the broad spectrum of social strata.

In comparison, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) got maximum 30.1 per cent of ST votes followed by 29.8 per cent of SC and 25.4 per cent of OBC votes.

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Data shows that 45.7 per cent Christians and 38.2 per cent Sikhs voted for the NDA. Pixabay

A dissection of religion-based voting pattern show that the NDA’s largest support base was upper caste Hindus as 51.6 per cent of the community voted for the Narendra Modi-led coalition.

The UPA, on the other hand, got 40.8 per cent share of the Muslim votes. Data shows that 45.7 per cent Christians and 38.2 per cent Sikhs voted for the NDA.

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The UPA got 28 per cent Sikh and 27.8 per cent of the Christian votes. Barring Muslims, all other religious groups went with the national trend of favouring the NDA. (IANS)