The Raniganj meeting constituency of Bihar is set to vote along side 77 others in the third and last phase of meeting elections. While the Janata Dal (United) party has fielded Amchit Rishi Dev, who is looking for a second term on the meeting seat, the Rashtriya Janata Dal has strategically awarded its ticket to Avinash Manglam, contract teacher.
Manglam’s candidature comes in the backdrop of Tejashwi Yadav’s aim to retain the issue of contractual teachers alive in the meeting elections. Yadav, in his party’s manifesto has promised that whether the Grand Alliance comes to power, the contractual teachers in state would be entitled for a similar pay for same work, for which they’ve been agitating for long.
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The seat, reserved for scheduled caste candidates, falls in the state’s Araria district and also comes under the Araria Lok Sabha constituency.
In the 2015 meeting polls, JD(U’s) Dev had defeated BJP’s Ramji Das Rishidev by a margin of 14,930 votes. The constituency had witnessed a voter turnout of 56%.
This time, except JD(U) and RJD candidates, 10 others are fighting for the Raniganj meeting seat. While Parmanand Rishideo is contesting on Lok Jan Shakti Party’s ticket, Fuddan Paswan on Rashtriya Jansambhavna Party’s, Balkrishn Raj Choudhary on Apna Adhikar Party’s, Renu Kumari on Aam Janmat Party’s, Roshan Devi on All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen’s, Lakshmi Rishi on Bharatiya Momin Front’s, Virender Rishideo on Bhartiya Lokmat Rashtrwadi Party, and Sunil Paswan on Jan Adhikar Party (Loktantrik’s), Kalo Paswan and Shankar Brahamchari are fighting independently.
As many as 174,506 men, 161,414 women and 16 people belonging to the third gender category will make a decision the way forward for the candidates in ballot fray. They’ll cast their ballots across 259 polling stations.
The third and last phase of polling will be held on November 7 while the first and second rounds of voting took place on October 28 and November 3 respectively. The result of polls to the 243-seat meeting will be announced on November 10.