Polling began on Tuesday morning for 11 of the 18 Assembly constituencies in the second phase of the bypolls in Bihar amid tight security arrangements.

Small groups of voters were seen at various polling stations in these constituencies since the morning.

Central paramilitary force personnel kept strong vigil in 2,620 polling stations spread over Bagha, Nautan, Begusarai, Triveniganj, Simri Bakhtiarpur, Araria, Dhoraiya, Munger, Fulwari, Ghosi and Bodh Gaya.

Altogether 25,15,474 electors are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the electoral fate of 99 contestants, including nine women, in the 11 constituencies.

ADG (headquarters) Neelmani said, “Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the bypolls with adequate deployment of paramilitary and police personnel.”

The ruling JD(U) is contesting from seven — Bagha, Nautan, Dhoraiya, Triveniganj, Fulwari, Ghosi, Simri Bakhtiarpur and Munger constituencies and its ally BJP has put up its nominees in Bodh Gaya, Begusarai and Araria.

The opposition RJD is contesting from Bagha, Nautan, Dhoraiya, Fulwari, Munger, Simri Bakhtiarpur and Ghosi while the LJP has fielded candidates in Bodh Gaya, Begusarai, Araria and Triveniganj. The Congress is contesting from all the constituencies.

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