State elections in Bihar will be the first in India since the beginning of the pandemic.

New Delhi:

The Bihar election dates will be announced today by the Election Commission. This is the first major state election to be held in the middle of a worldwide coronavirus crisis.

Bihar has to elect a new 243-member assembly by November 29. The polls are likely to be held in mid-October, in more than one phase because of Covid precautions.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who leads a coalition with the BJP, will fight for a fourth term in these polls, with the opposition RJD of jailed former Chief Minister Lalu Yadav and the Congress challenging him.

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