Over 54% polling, almost 15% more than the previous election, was registered in seven Lok Sabha seats in Bihar today in the second phase in the state.
Elections held for Munger, Nalanda, Patna Sahib, Patliputra, Arrah, Buxar and Jehanabad seats registered 54.04% at the end of polling at 6:00 pm, EC sources said.
It was 39.33% in the seats in 2009.
All the seven seats recorded above 50% voting with Buxar topping the list at 57%, while Patna Sahib and Patliputra registered 52%, the sources said.
Voting picked up late at Nalanda the home constituency of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and reached 55%.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad's eldest daughter Misa Bharti, actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, former union home secretary R K Singh were among 117 candidates whose electoral fates were sealed in EVMs.
Arrah from where former union home secretary RK Singh was in the race from BJP saw 53% voting against 35.77% last time.
The chief minister cast his vote at a booth in Bakhtiyarpur under the Patna Sahib parliamentary constituency.
Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi voted at a booth in Patna as also Shatrughan Sinha.
Governor DY Patil and his wife voted at a school near Raj Bhawan.
In Jehanabad, RJD and CPI-ML workers clashed outside at booth in the Ghosi Assembly segment forcing police to fire four rounds in the air to disperse them.
A report from Lakhisarai quoting Sub-Divisional Police Officer Manoj Kumar Tiwari said workers of the BJP and JD(U) clashed in a bazaar under Suryagraha assembly segment in the Munger parliamentary seat, but none was injured.
Polling was postponed at four Maoist-hit booths in Dharhara jungle in Munger district.