470 in Fray for Jharkhand First Phase Elections

Under President’s rule for the last ten months, voters in 26 of total 81 Assembly segments will key in their preferences in the first of the five leg elections to the state Assembly on Wednesday morning.

The candidates seeking mandate in the first-phase include four former ministers, six former Lok Sabha MPs and speaker in the last assembly Aalamgir Alam.

470 candidates, including 34 women, are in the fray for polls on Wednesday.

The party-wise tally of candidates contesting the first phase includes: Congress- 18, Bharatiya Janata Party – 23, Ratriya Janata Dal – 19, Bahujan Samaj Party – 24, Nationalist Congress Party – 3, Communist Party of India -1, Communist Party of India-Marxist – 6, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha – 25, Jharkhand Vikas Manch-Pragatisheel – 10, Janata Dal-United – 3, Others – 338.

Unprecedented security arrangements have been put in place for the first-phase polls, which will be guarded over by four IAF helicopters requisitioned for the purpose.

According to reports citing state police, around 40,000 security personnel will be pressed into service during the first-phase.

Leave granted to government doctors stands canceled and both government and private hospitals have been advised to keep beds ready in case of an emergency.

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