Ranchi, Dec 10: Campaigning today came to an end for the elections on 17 seats of the state which will go into the polls in the third phase on December 12.
The seats where elections will be held in the third phase included Koderma, Barkatha, Barhi, Mandu, Hazaribagh, Simaria (SC), Barkagaon, Ramgarh, Dhanwar, Gomia, Berma, Ichagarh, Silli, Khijri (ST), Ranchi, Hatia and Kanke (SC). A total of 32 female candidates are among the 309 candidates who are contesting on these seats. The total number of eligible voters in this phase was 56,06,743 which included 29,32,657 male voters, 26,73,991 female and 95 third gender voters.
These 17 seats are spread across Ranchi, Hazaribagh, Chatra, Giridih, Bokaro, Koderma and Saraikela. Among these seats voting will be held on five seats namely Ranchi, Hatia, Kanke, Ramgarh and Barkatha from 7am to 5pm while in the remaining 12 seats voters will be able to vote between 7am to 3pm.
Prominent candidates who are in this phase included Urban Development Minister CP Singh, HRD Minister Neera Yadav, former chief minister and JVM-P supremo Babulal Marandi, former deputy chief minister and AJSU supremo Sudesh Kumar Mahto.
In the assembly elections of 2014, BJP had won 10 out of these 17 seats while JMM had bagged three, Congress two, AJSU and CPI-ML one each. Star campaigners for all the parties including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, national acting president of BJP JP Nadda, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani and Nitin Gadkari campaigned in this phase. Rahul Gandhi of the Congress also campaigned for the party candidates alongwith Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Bhagel and Shatrughan Sinha. Hemant Soren campaigned for his party's candidates while Tejaswi Yadav and Sudesh Kumar Mahto also campaigned for their respective party candidates.(UNI)