Sixth Phase of Lok Sabha Polls Now Hours Away

Election workers carrying out EVMs for tomorrow's polling at six constituencies in Bihar on Sunday.

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Patna: Bihar is all set to hold the sixth and penultimate phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Sunday when millions of people go to the polling booths to cast their votes at eight constituencies that will determine the fate of a number of well-known political faces in the state.

Polling centers will open their doors in West Champaran, East Champaran, Valmiki Nagar, Sheohar, Siwan, Gopalganj, Maharajganj, and Vaishali at 7:00 am and polling will close at 6:00 pm at most centers with some exceptions where polls will close two hours early due to Naxal threat.

Altogether 127 candidates representing various political parties are in the race whose political future would be determined by an estimated 1.36 crore voters.

Election officer Sanjay Kumar Singh said that the administration was ready to hold free and fair elections at all 13,973 booths out of which 3,367 are considered 'sensitive' requiring extra security and vigilance.

"Violators of election code of conduct will be dealt with strictly. We advise voters not to reveal who they voted for in order to avoid any angry outburst," Singh offered some last minute advise.

Prominent among those in the sixth phase of the elections are Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) candidate Veena Devi (Vaishali); BJP's Radha Mohan Singh (West Champaran) who faces Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) candidate Akash Kumar Singh.

Meanwhile, in Siwan, notorious criminal Mohammed Shahabuddin's wife Heena Shahab is in tight contest with Janata Dal – U candidate Kavita Singh, the wife of another criminal Ajay Singh.

In Maharajganj, BJP's Janardan Singh Sigriwal is facing RJD's Randhir Singh while in Sheohar BJP's Rama Devi is contesting against RJD's new entrant Sayed Faisal Ali.

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