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Campaigning for first phase of Bihar polls to end today

Indian women hold their voter's identity card before casting their vote at a polling booth in the Jahanabad area of the eastern Indian city of Patna October 18, 2005. Thousands of policemen, backed by helicopters, patrolled India's lawless state of Bihar on Tuesday as voting began in a state poll that will decide the fortunes of a key member of the Congress Party-led federal coalition. REUTERS/Krishna Murari Kishan
Indian women hold their voter's identity card before casting their vote at a polling booth in the Jahanabad area of the eastern Indian city of Patna October 18, 2005. Thousands of policemen, backed by helicopters, patrolled India's lawless state of Bihar on Tuesday as voting began in a state poll that will decide the fortunes of a key member of the Congress Party-led federal coalition. REUTERS/Krishna Murari Kishan

New Delhi: Campaigning for the first phase of the Bihar Assembly elections will end on Saturday and 49 constituencies will go to poll 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.

ANI