Lakhisarai/Bhagalpur: Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Giriraj Singh, who cast his vote during the first phase of polling in Bihar on Monday, called for a legislation to make voting compulsory.
"I have voted and I am happy to exercise my right. There needs to be a campaign to make voters aware of their rights. There should be a law to make people vote," Singh told ANI after casting his vote here.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nishikant Dubey urged people to exercise their voting right.
"Bhaglapur has similar problems that the entire nation has, like roads, electricity, water, education. To address all these, people like us must make use of their voting right. If we are voted to power, then we will work towards addressing these problems," Dubey said.
Polling for the first phase of the five-phase Bihar Assembly elections began today amid tight security in 49 constituencies spread over 10 districts.
The poll bound districts are Samastipur, Begusarai, Khagariya, Bhagalpur, Banka, Munger, Lakhisarai, Sheikhpura, Nawada and Jamui.
Over 1.35 crore voters will decide the electoral fortune of 583 candidates, including 54 women in this phase.