AIMIM leader Belal Ahmad said his party has named six candidates for the 24 assembly constituencies it was contesting. Other candidates would be named later.

"The AIMIM fielded its Bihar unit president Akhtarul Iman from Kochadam assembly seat," Ahmad cited. The AIMIM is contesting the Bihar assembly polls in Muslim-dominated constituencies in Seemanchal comprising Kishanganj, Purnea, Araria and Katihar districts. Muslims form 16.5 percent of Bihar's 105 million population.

The polls to the 243-member Bihar assembly will take place in five phases between October 12 and November 5. The counting of votes is slated for November 8.

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