Finally after about one year, the Janata Dal (United) got a reason to smile from Kishanganj district of Bihar in the form of Thakurganj MLA Naushad Alam. The Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) MLA joined Janata Dal (United) on Monday (September 26, 2011) evening at the regional office of the party in Kishanganj. The key leaders of Janata Dal (United) in Kishanganj are very happy with the entry of Naushad Alam in the party. In fact, they are seeing the inclusion of Naushad Alam as a major political gain for the party from the Kishanganj constituency, where the party did not have any elected representative both in the Bihar Assembly and Parliament.
Naushad Alam had fought the Bihar Assembly elections in 2010 with Ram Vilas Paswan led LJP. However, Naushad won the elections on his own merit by defeating the Janata Dal (United) candidate Gopal Aggarwal. The self made politician, Naushad Alam had also given a tough fight to Gopal Aggarwal in the Assembly elections held in year 2005. What compelled Naushad Alam to join Janata Dal (United) this is not public right now, but the political mileage is undoubtedly is the prime reason. The LJP and RJD parties have almost lost their hold in Bihar, hence Naushad Alam must have joined JD (U) for his survival in active politics.
Interestingly, Naushad Alam was a key member of the agitation called by Kishanganj Educational Movement working for the cause of AMU Special Centre in Kishanganj. Naushad Alam was also supposed to join the mass movement scheduled on October 12, 2011 in response to Bihar Government’s negligent attitude towards the proposed AMU Special Centre in Kishanganj. Will Naushad Alam be part of the movement for the cause of AMU or he will follow the party guidelines this is a big question in itself? But, logically it seems that he will detach himself for the cause of AMU....
Kishanganj district has four assembly constituencies, namely Kishanganj, Kochadhaman, Bahadurganj and Thakurganj. Dr. Jawed Azad (Congress) has won from Kishanganj constituency, while Akhtarul Imaan (RJD) has secured win from Kochadhaman constituency. Mohammad Tousif Alam (Congress) has won from Bahadurganj, and Naushad Alam (LJP) emerged victorious from Thakurganj constituency.
Below is the constituency wise details of total votes secured by different candidates in Kishanganj:
Candidate - Party - Votes
Dr. Mohammad Jawaid - Indian National Congress - 38867 (Winner)
Sweety Singh - Bharatiya Janata Party - 38603
Tasiruddin - Rashtriya Janata Dal - 22074
Mohammad Kalimudding - Nationalist Congress Party - 8291
Mohammad Nissar Alam - Jharkhand Mukti Morcha - 3687
Abul Kalam Azad - Communist Party of India (Marxist) - 3626
Raju Ranjan - Independent - 1800
Mohammad Noorul Haque - Independent - 1498
Sanjay Kumar Srivastava - Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya) - 1299
Mahabir Chauhan - Janvadi Party (Socialist) - 1198
Dilip Kumar Ram - Bahujan Samaj Party - 1159
Chote Lal Mahto - Independent - 1121
Sayed Asad Hasnain - Samajwadi Party - 652
Candidate - Party - Votes
Akhtarul Imaan - Rashtirya Janata Dal - 37376 (Winner)
Mujahid Alam - Janata Dal (United) - 28351
Sadique Samdani - Indian National Congress - 9861
Mohammad Intekhab Alam - Nationalist Congress Party - 6966
Muzaffar Karim Rizvi - Independent - 6646
Binay Kumar Das - Jharkhand Mukti Morcha - 3897
Sunita Gupta - Independent - 181
Mumtaz Ahmad - Independent - 1567
Masrur Alam - Samajwadi Party - 1510
Dinesh Kumar Ram - Bahujan Samaj Party - 1318
Ashok Kumar Singh - Janvadi Party (Socialist) - 979
Yogendra Singh - Independent - 901
Nasiruddin - Independent - 619
Mohammad Yosuf - Independent - 607
Minhaj Alam - Indian Justice Party - 607
Candidate - Party - Votes
Naushad Alam - Lok Janashakti Party - 36372 (Winner)
Gopal Kumar Agarwal - Janata Dal (United) - 29409
Jahidur Rahman - Indian National Congress - 15652
Mohammad Mehar Ali - Nationalist Congress Party - 11462
Poonam Devi - Jharkhand Mukti Morcha - 10715
Awadh Bihari Singh - Independent - 9030
Naveen Yadav - Bahujan Samaj Party - 6653
Jagdish Prasad Singh - Independent - 4748
Amit Kumar Bhagat - Independent - 1740
Ganesh Prasad Rai - Samajwadi Party - 1573
Chitranjan Singh - Independent - 1173
Candidate - Party - Votes
Mohammad Tousif Alam - Indian National Congress - 30551 (Winner)
Mohammad Maswar Alam - Janata Dal (United) - 26752
Lakhan Lal Pandit - Independent - 9062
Asif Rahman Independent - 6878
Noor Azam - Independent - 5862
Mohammad Anzar Naimi - Rashtriya Janata Dal - 5146
Shukal Murmu - Jharkhand Mukti Morcha - 4717
Shamim Alam - Independent - 4437
Mohammad Akhter Nami - Nationalist Congress party - 3406
Results for four assembly constituencies have been declared. Dr. Jawed Azad (Congress) wins from Kishanganj constituency, while Akhtarul Imaan (RJD) emerged victorious in Kochadhaman. Naushad Alam (LJP) wins from Thakurganj constituency, and seating MLA Tousif Alam secured his seat from Bahadurganj.
Below are the latest details about the constituency wise results.
• Agiaon: Shivesh Kumar(BJP)- Wins
• Alamnagar: Narendra Narayan Yadav(JDU)- Leads
• Alauli: Ram Chandra Sada(JDU)- Wins
• Alinagar: Prabhakar Choudhary(JDU)- Leads
• Amarpur: Janardan Manjhi(JDU)- Leads
• Amnour: Krishan Kumar(JDU)- Leads
• Amour: Saba Zafar(BJP)- Wins
• Araria: Zakir Hussin Khan(LJP)- Leads
• Arrah: Amrendra Pratap Singh(BJP)- Leads
• Arwal: Chitranjan Kumar(BJP)- Leads
• Asthawan: Jitendra Kumar(JDU)- Wins
• Atri: Krishna Nandan Yadav(JDU)- Wins
• Aurai: Ram Surat Rai(BJP)- Leads
• Aurangabad: Ramadhar Singh(BJP)- Leads
• Babubarhi: Kapildev Kamat(JDU)- Leads
• Bachhwara: Abdesh Kumar Ray(CPI)- Wins
• Bagaha: Prabhat Ranjan Singh(JDU)- Wins
• Bahadurganj: Md.Tousif Alam(Cong)- Wins
• Bahadurpur: Madan Sahni(JDU)- Leads
• Baikunthpur: Manjeet Kumar Singh(JDU)- Wins
• Baisi: Santosh Kumar(BJP)- Wins
• Bajpatti: Ranju Geeta(JDU)- Leads
• Bakhri: Ramanand Ram(BJP)- Wins
• Bakhtiarpur: Vinode Yadav(BJP)- Leads
• Balrampur: Dulal Chandra Goshwami(IND)- Leads
• Baniapur: Kedarnath Singh(RJD)- Leads
• Banka: Javed Iqbal Ansari(RJD)- Leads
• Bankipur: Nitin Nabin(BJP)- Wins
• Banmankhi: Krishna Kumar Rishi(BJP)- Wins
• Barachatti: Jyoti Devi(JDU)- Wins
• Barari: Bibhasha Chandra Choudhary(BJP)- Wins
• Barauli: Ram Pravesh Rai(BJP)- Wins
• Barbigha: Gajanand Shahi(JDU)- Wins
• Barh: Gyanendra Kumar Singh(JDU)- Wins
• Barhara: Raghwendra Pratap Singh(RJD)- Leads
• Barharia: Shyam Bahadur Singh(JDU)- Wins
• Baruraj: Brij Kishor Singh(RJD)- Wins
• Bathnaha: Dinkar Ram(BJP)- Leads
• Begusarai: Surendra Mehta(BJP)- Wins
• Belaganj: Mohammad Amzad(JDU)- Leads
• Beldaur: Pannalal Singh Patel(JDU)- Wins
• Belhar: Ramdeo Yadav(RJD)- Leads
• Belsand: Sunita Singh(JDU)- Leads
• Benipatti: Vinod Narayan Jha(BJP)- Leads
• Benipur: Gopaljee Thakur(BJP)- Wins
• Bettiah: Renu Devi(BJP)- Wins
• Bhabua: Anand Bhushan Pandey(BJP)- Leads
• Bhagalpur: Ashwini Kumar Choubey(BJP)- Leads
• Bhorey: Indradeo Manjhi(BJP)- Wins
• Bibhutipur: Ram Balak Singh(JDU)- Leads
• Bihariganj: Renu Kumari(JDU)- Wins
• Biharsharif: Sunil Kumar(JDU)- Wins
• Bihpur: Kumar Shailendra(BJP)- Wins
• Bikram: Anil Kumar(BJP)- Leads
• Bisfi: Dr.Faiyaj Ahmad(RJD)- Leads
• Bochaha: Ramai Ram(JDU)- Wins
• Bodh Gaya: Shyam Deo Paswan(BJP)- Leads
• Brahampur: Dil Marni Devi @ Dilmani Devi(BJP)- Leads
Counting for much awaited Bihar Assembly Elections begins today morning. As per the early reports the ruling NDA Government is leading in most of the seats, while the main opponent Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) - Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) is not fairing well. It would be too early to predict but if we take into account the experts feedback NDA (Janata Dal (United) - Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition) is all set to form the next government in Bihar.
As of now below are the early status of different parties (211/243):
Polling for Vth phase of Bihar Elections is going on today (November 9, 2010) in 35 assembly constituencies. As per the guidelines of Election Commission, the general poll timings is 7 am to 5 pm , except in 12 constituencies, namely Arwal, Bikram, Bodh Gaya, Kurtha, Jehanabad, Ghosi, Makhdumpur, Phulwari, Masaurhi, Paliganj, Rajauli and Gobindpur, where the poll hours are from 7 am to 3 pm due to security reason.
Besides one constituency from Jamui District, 8 districts that will go to poll in 5th Phase of Bihar elections that include Patna, Sheikhpura, Nalanda, Bhojpur, Arwal, Jehanabad, Gaya and Nawada. Despite Maoist poll boycott voters are reaching the polling booths to exercise their votes.
The constituencies undergoing polls in 5th phase are as follows:
Defying a call by Maoists to boycott the polls, an estimated 51 per cent electorate cast their votes in 42 Assembly seats in Bihar on Monday (November 01, 2010). The fourth phase of Bihar elections witnessed stray incidents of landmine blast and bomb explosion. The voters of Bihar ignored the poll boycott call by Maoists with turnouts ranging up to 55 per cent in Alauli (SC) and 54 per cent in Begusarai and above 50 per cent in Bachwara, Teghra and Jhajha, in the Maoist belt which figured in the fourth phase of polling.
Despite tight security, Maoists triggered a blast near a bridge on the Chakai-Jamui main road in Batia jungle, but none was injured as per sources. While anti-socials set off two bombs near a booth in Danapur assembly constituency in which a woman was injured. Four persons were arrested in connection to blasts in Bihar.
Bihar Assembly Elections 2010 is almost in midway and polling for 3rd phase will be held on 28th Oct 2010 (Thursday). A total of 48 assembly constituencies in 6 districts namely, Gopalganj, West Champaran, East Champaran, Siwan, Saran and Vaishali will go to polls in Phase III of Bihar Polls 2010. As per the guidelines of Election Commission the poll timings will be 7 am to 5 pm, except in the four constituencies of Valmikinagar, Ramnagar, Raghopur and Patepur, where the poll hours are from 7 am to 3 pm.
Below is the list of candidates contesting election for key constituencies:
The second phase of Bihar elections has seen a fair turnout despite the shadow of Naxal violence. An estimated 53 per cent of voters exercised their franchise in 45 constituencies which went to polls. Some 222 polling stations had web casting facilities. There were some eight cases of paid news reported. The polling was marred by stray incidents of violence in Sitamarhi, Muzaffarpur and Darbhanga districts. (Read: Tight security for phase II).
Maoists raided a polling centre in Sitamarhi district and set fire to poll materials, while a minister escaped unhurt in an attack in neighbouring Muzaffarpur district. Heavily-armed Maoists raided the polling centre (116) at Subaigarh in Runisaidpur constituency and burnt down the electronic voting machines besides other materials early this morning before voting began, Superintendent of Police P Rakesh Rathi told to media.
Three polling personnel were missing after the incident, Returning Officer for the seat Shivdani Singh said. Maoists have called for election boycott in Bihar and the incident was stated to be part of their design to enforce the call.. Earlier on Friday, a landmine blast triggered by them in Sheohar district killed six policemen, and the Election Commission changed the poll timings in some constituencies.
Bihar polls Phase II: Key constituencies
Belsand (Sitamadhi), Sikandarpur (Samastipur), Kalyanpur (Muzaffarpur): Rahul Gandhi campaigned in these constituencies
Kusheshwar Asthan ( Darbhanga): Three way fight between Congress, LJP, BJP
An estimated 55 per cent of the 1.07 crore voters exercised their votes today (October 21, 2010) in 47 of the 243 assembly constituencies in the first phase of the Bihar Assembly elections. The first phase of elections passed off by and large peacefully amid tight security in all constituencies. Polling in Seemnchal region especially Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnia, Araria and Mudhbani remained peaceful apart from small scuffles.
Women voters at a Polling Booth in Kishanganj District
As per reports more than 150 persons were arrested for indulging in electoral malpractices and trying to disturb polling. Director General of Police Neelmani said, adding several vehicles, including motorcycles were seized. He described the voting as absolutely peaceful. An official report from Madhepura district said that BPL card holders and local people pelted stones at two booths, but they were pacified by authorities who allowed them to cast their ballots. A bomb exploded outside a booth at Laukha in Madhubani district, but there was no injury, police sources said.
An Electronic Device Used for Voting
Voters at Mahhiyarpur Polling Booth
Miffed over alleged apathy of the state authorities towards development of their areas, voters stayed away from at least 12 polling booths spread over Madhubani, Purnia, Araria, Madhepura and Kishanganj districts in the first phase of poll in Bihar today. Reports reaching the state headquarters here said, voters did not exercise franchise at booth 113 and 14 under Benipatti assembly segment and booth 178 and 37 in Rajnagar seat in Madhubani district. Similarly, the electorate did not turn up at booth 173 and 174 in Alamnagar assembly constituency where state JD(U) minister Narendra Narain Yadav was locked in a triangular fight with RJD and Congress nominees.
Voters at a polling booth in Kishanganj
In Araria, voters boycotted the poll at booth 192 under Jokihat assembly segment, while in Kishanganj, people boycotted voting at booth 104 in Bahadurganj seat. The voters did not participate in today's exercise in two booths each in Rupauli and Banmankhi assembly segments in Purnia district, the reports said. People also held demonstrations and shouted slogans against the state government for alleged neglect of their areas.
October 21, 2010: Polling for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections 2010 is going on in eight districts, namely Kishanganj, Katihar, Araria, Purnia, Saharsa, Supaul, Madhubani and Madhepura. As per directions of Election Commission the polling will be held in six phases.
Below is a factfile of the first phase of polling held today:
Number of assembly constituencies - 47
Total voters - 10.7 million (5,678,567 men and 5,022,230 women)
Electronic voting machines to be used - 25,728
Total number of candidates - 631 Total
Number of woman candidates - 52
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
Assembly constituency with maximum candidates - Kadwa (22 candidates)
Assembly constituency with minimum candidates - Singheshwar (Scheduled Caste constituency - seven candidates)Largest assembly constituency area-wise - Saharsa
Largest assembly constituency voter-wise - Saharsa
After Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s poll campaign, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Monday attacked the Nitish Kumar government while addressing a political rally in Kishanganj. Kicking off her campaign in Bihar ahead of the Assembly polls at Lahra Chowk in Kishanganj, Sonia hit out at Nitish calling him an ‘opportunistic leader’. Sonia’s remarks reiterated Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s charge that Bihar was misusing central funds. "The Centre has provided crores and crores of rupees to the state under various centrally-sponsored schemes, but it is unfortunate that there are reports of corruption," Gandhi told in an election rally.
Sonia also targeted Bihar’s NDA government over its employment and education policies. Criticising the development claim of Nitish Kumar, she said, "We don't know what happened to the funds the Centre provided to the state" and asked the people as to how many hours they received electricity and what happened to the money earmarked for education and health sectors. "Students have to go outside the state for better education, opportunity and also for ensuring treatment of diseases," she said.
Seeking to puncture the Nitish Kumar government's development plank, Gandhi attacked the government for not giving land for establishment of a centre of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Kishanganj despite all clearances from the Centre. "You have talked about Aligarh Muslim University. Everything is clear from the Centre but the government here is not giving land. It has not given the land so far," she said.
Those who are in power here are "hand in glove with those dead against secularism", she said addressing an election rally in the minority-dominated Kishanganj area of the state. The Congress president maintained that the UPA government has not compromised over its secular policies. Claiming that only Congress can bring Bihar back to the path of development by providing a secular government, she regretted that the last twenty years saw several parties coming to power, which had "no vision for development". Sonia urged people to vote for Congress and "bring a revolution of development" in the state.
Bihar Elections has reached to an interesting juncture with the involvement of noted leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Prime Manmohan Singh. At the same time political parties are also inviting filmstars to campaign for candidates. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M) and Communist Party of India (CPI) have also given tickets to many candidates with high hope. Below are list of candidates belonging to NCP, CPI-M and CPI fighting elections from various constituencies of Bihar.
Candidates of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) for Bihar Assembly Elections 2010
Constituency Names - Candidates Names
Rajnagar - Paras Kumar Paswan
Phulparas - Hitendra Narayan Thakur
Chatapur - Manoj Kumar Jaiswal
Narpatganj - Sahjanha Shad
Raniganj - Kaushalya Devi
Forbesganj - Suresh Paswan
Jokihaat - Murshid Alam
Sikti - Mantu Bhagat
Kadwa - Hemraj Singh
Barari - Md. Shakur
Kodha - Manju Devi
Amaur - Akhilesh Kumar Das
Rupauli - Jamshed Alam
Dhamdaha - Shivcharan Mehta
Purnia - Gulam Hussain
Alamnagar - Chandeshwari Singh Nishad
Candidates of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) for Bihar Assembly Election 2010
Constituency Names - Candidates Names
Ramnagar - Rameshwar Manjhi
Bagha - Bhikhari Prasad
Sikta - Virendra Prasad Gupta
Narkatiyaganj - Prabhudev Yadav
Baajpatti - Niyaz Ahmed Siddiqui
Bisfi - Ramchandra Yadav
Madhubani - Kalyan Bharti
Rajnagar - Uttam Paswan
Jhanjharpur - Yognath Mandal
Pipra - Yogendra Yadav
Triveniganj - Ghanshyam Ram
Raniganj - Suresh Rishidev
Forbesganj - Champalal Mandal
Araria - Sushil Bishwas
Kasba - Rajiv Sah Ravi
Rupauli - Avinash Paswan
Dhamdaha - Yamuna Murmu
Balrampur - Mahboob Alam
Manihari - Geeta Uraon
Barari - Avinash Singh
Simri Bakhtiyarpur - Rajkumar Chaudhary
Kusheshwar Asthan - Lalbhadur Sada
Darbhanga(Rural) - Sanichari Devi
Darbhanga(Town) - R.K. Dutta
Hayaghat - Satyanarayan Mukhiya
Bahadurpur - Baidyanath Yadav
Kewati - Rambabu Sah
Gaighat - Jitendra Yadav
Bocaha - Ramnandan Paswan
Muzaffarpur - Suraj Kumar Singh
Barauli - Sairajuudin Ahmad
Bhore - Jitendra Paswan
Hathua - Ravindra Kushwaha
Siwan - Naimuddin Ansari
Ziradoi - Amarjeet Kushwaha
Darauli - Satyadev Ram
Raghunathpur - Amarnath Yadav
Daraunda - Javed Beg
Barahriya - Malti Devi
Gorayiakothi - Sujit Kushwaha
Taraiya - Satyendra Sahni
Mahua - Md. Shamshad Ahmad
Patepur - Tapeshwar Paswan
Kalyanpur - Arvind Kumnar Ram
Samastipur - Pramila Rai
Varishnagar - Jevach Paswan
Ujiyarpur - Phoolbabu Singh
Morwa - Dinesh Yadav
Candidates of Communist Party of India (CPI) for Bihar Assembly Election 2010
Polling for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections 2010 is scheduled on October 21. Along with the major parties like Janata Dal (United), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Rashtriya Janata Dal, Indian National Congress, many other parties are contesting elections that include Lok Janashakti Party (LJP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Samajwadi Janata Party (SJP), Janata Dal (Secular) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
Below is the list of candidates contesting elections with different parties ticket.
Candidates List of Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) Constituency Names - Candidates Names
Election campaigning is on full flow in whole Bihar including the Muslim dominated Seemanchal region, where a cold war is going between former Member of Parliament Mohammad Taslimuddin and BJP MP Syed Shahnawaz Hussain. Once the political rival, Taslimuddin and Shahnawaz are parts of Janata Dal (United) – BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) coalition in Bihar. In fact, Mohammad Taslimuddin who sometimes referred to as the ‘Gandhi of Seemanchal’ had recently joined Janata Dal (United) and he was expecting the Kishanganj Assembly seat.
Though Taslimuddin’s son Sarfraz Alam (Joki Haat), and two of his supporters including Mujahid Alam and Musawwir Alam managed to get ticket, but the veteran leader’s name was withdrawn by the Janata Dal (United) at the final moment from Kishanganj assembly constituency. However, due to prior commitment and seat sharing formula, the Kishanganj seat went to BJP’s new face Sweety Singh.
The denial of Janata Dal (United) ticket to former Union minister and the then RJD strongman, Mohammad Taslimuddin, under the pressure from the Bharatiya Janata Party has triggered a war of words between the two alliance parties in Bihar. As per internal sources, Taslimuddin was interested in fighting from Araria seat, but from there too the BJP’s Narayan Jha got the ticket.
While talking to a section of media a week ago, Taslimuddin directly attacked the former Union minister, Syed Shahnawaz Husain, for working against him. Political experts are of the view that the tussle within the NDA is likely to have a devastating impact on the result as Congress, and to some extent RJD-LJP alliance, may fully capitalize on the situation.
Taslimuddin has always been opposed by the Sangh Parivar including BJP in the region. However, he was ushered into the Janata Dal (United) by none else but the Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar, on July 5, 2010. The BJP has always accused him of being a criminal and there is every likelihood of some party leaders working against Taslimuddin’s son and supporters. The full-fledged war has flared up so close to the election that it now appears to be difficult to subside the matter.
The first phase of election is schedule on October 21, 2010 in Purnea division. Although the political commentators are showing doubt about NDA’s performance in the region, but Gopal Kumar Aggarwal and Mujahid Alam from Thakurganj and Kochadhaman constituencies have been declared winner. Let us keenly observe the battle waged between Janata Dal (United) and BJP, and see who emerge victorious from Purnea division.