Campaigning for the first phase of Assembly elections in Bihar will end this evening. Forty-nine constituencies spread over 10 districts will go to polls in this phase on Monday. 583 candidates including 54 women are in the fray. The districts that will go to polls in the first phase are Samastipur, Begusarai, Khagaria, Bhagalpur, Banka, Munger, Lakhisarai, Sheikhpura, Nawada and Jamui.
Out of these five districts of Munger, Jamui, Lakhisarai,Nawada and Banka are Naxal infested. For the first time, the Election Commission has instructed deployment of jawans of central para-military forces at every booth. A three-tier security will be in place in every constituency on the day of polling. Polling officials have been instructed to reach their respective booths by tomorrow evening to avert untoward incidents. All liquor shops will remain shut 48 hours in advance in those constituencies where poll is being held.