New Delhi: As the first phase of polling got underway in Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the voters of Bihar to participate in the first phase of Bihar assembly election while keeping in mind the Covid-19 guidelines.

“I urge all voters to ensure their participation in this festival of democracy while taking precautions against #COVID19,” PM Modi tweeted on Wednesday.

"Be mindful of maintaining 'do gaz doori', wear a mask," he said.

"Remember, first vote, then refreshments!" he added.

BJP national president JP Nadda too appealed to the voters and said, “I appeal to all voters to participate in this festival of democracy while taking precautions against #COVID19,” he tweeted.

Polling in 71 assembly constituencies of Bihar in the first phase of three-phase elections is underway amid tight security and COVID-19 guidelines in place.

More than 2 crore voters in Bihar will decide the fate of 1,066 candidates on Wednesday across 71 assembly segments in the first phase of elections.

Guidelines have been issued by the Election Commission for safe conduct of the electoral exercise, which takes place in the midst of the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

Elections to the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly are being held in three phases, with the second and third phase witnessing a fight over 94 and 78 seats and on November 3 and November 8 respectively. Results will be announced on November 10.