Leaders from all across the political spectrum have urged voters to vote in the Bihar Assembly elections as the polling for the first phase of the Bihar elections begins on Wednesday.

The fate of over a thousand candidates will be decided in three phases of the vote for 243 seats in the state Assembly.

For the first phase, voting for 71 seats will be cast in the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to people to maintain social distancing and follow the coronavirus protocols that have been laid down.

PM said, “I urge all voters to ensure their participation in this festival of democracy while taking precautions against Covid-19.”

Home Minister Amit Shah urged the people of Bihar to come out a large number and cast their vote.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president JP Nadda also urged voters and said, “The first phase of voting for the Bihar assembly elections is going on today. Your opinion is your greatest strength in a democracy. I request all voters to take part in this mahaparva of democracy keeping in mind the precautions related to Covid. Voting first, then refreshments!

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also urged the voters to take part in the elections.

Union Minister of Law Ravi Shankar Prasad who hails from Bihar also urged his fellow citizens to cast votes.

The first phase of the polls is scheduled on October 28 while the second and third phases will take place on November 3 and November 7 respectively. The results will be announced on November 10.

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