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Bihar geared up for 2nd phase of election
Ahinsa Kumari | 03 May 2009

Of the total 189 poll candidates there are nine women. Among these only four are representing major political parties. Filmmaker Prakash Jha (LJP) is fighting a tough battle against Lalu Prasad?s brother-in-law Sadhu Yadav from Congress

 Election is touching the hearts of biharities. On the second phase of the election only nine women have decided to contest the second phase of Lok Sabha election in Bihar. A scrutiny of the list of 189 candidates for the April 23 poll in the state has revealed that of the nine women only four were representing the major political parties. Of them, while Vinita Vijay and Lovely Anand are fighting as congress candidates from Muzaffarpur and Sheohar seats, Rama Devi of the BJP decided to fight also from Sheohar and Aswamedh Devi of the janta dal (United) from Ujairpur. In all there are 17,130 polling stations for the second phase of elections.
All eyes are on the six central ministers testing the electoral waters - Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief and Steel Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Rashtriya Janata Dal's (RJD) Raghuvansh Prasad Singh from Vaishali, M.A.A. Fatmi from Darbhanga, Akhilesh Prasad Singh from East Champaran, Raghunath Jha from Valmiki Nagar and Congress' Shakil Ahmad from Madhubani.
Filmmaker Prakash Jha of the LJP is fighting a tough battle against the Congress' Sadhu Yadav, brother-in-law of RJD chief Lalu Prasad. Former cricket player Kirti Azad of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying his luck against Fatmi in Darbhanga.
Of them, Sheohar, East Champaran, West Champaran and Badaha are considered Maoist strongholds.
Two air force helicopters have been deployed for surveillance and the border with Nepal has been sealed to check any attempts at cross-border violence.
The remaining two rounds of the polls will be held in Bihar April 30 and May 7. The first phase was held April 16 for 13 seats.