Low Turnout at Patna Saheb Constituency, Candidates Cast their Ballot

BJP candidates from Patna Saheb Ravi Shankar Prasad (BJP) and Shtrughan Sinha (Congress).

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Patna: The prolonged Lok Sabha polls nationwide came to an end on Sunday as voters in eight constituencies in Bihar cast their ballots in the seventh and final phase of the elections with overall voting turnout recorded at 53.35%.

Patna: The prolonged Lok Sabha polls nationwide came to an end on Sunday as voters in eight constituencies in Bihar cast their ballots in the seventh and final phase of the elections with overall voting turnout recorded at 53.35%.

Patna Saheb where former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP now with Congress Party Shatrughan Sinha is challenging BJP candidate Ravi Shankar Prasad, registered the lowest turnout at 43.54 indicating the majority Kayastha voters, torn between the two Kayastha choice, chose to sit this election out rather than take side one way or the other.

Sasaram recorded the highest voters' turnout at 57.74%.

Besides Sinha and Prasad, other prominent faces in today's race are Lalu Prasad Yadav's daughter Misa Bharti from Pataliputra seat where she is pitted against once-Lalu ally and BJP candidate Ram Kripal Yadav; former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar (Sasaram), Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha (Karakat), Ashwini Kumar Choubey, and R K Singh.

Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate from Lucknow Poonam Sinha was seen accompanying her husband Shatrughan Sinha to the polling booth.

Unlike the past six phases of the election, today's event was not free from violence. Reports of clash with police and rival candidates poured in from Buxar, Simri, Maner, Sasaram, Arwal, Paliganj, and Dulhin Bazaar where many people were injured and police had to open light force to bring the situation under control.

Meanwhile, Shatrughan Sinha, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Rabri Devi, Misa Bharti, Tej Pratap Yadav, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and other big-name politicians in Bihar cast their votes at their respective polling centers amid large media presence.

Talking to the reporters, the Chief Minister said he favored holding elections in cooler months like February and March or October and November instead of April and May due to sweltering condition during these months.

While not speaking out earlier when the polls were still going on, Kumar, after casting his vote, said that he was greatly troubled by the comments made by controversial BJP candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Thakur over the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi and the BJP should have expelled her from the party instead of just accepting her after-the-fact apology.

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