Mohamad Tahir, resident of Labha village in Bihar's Katihar district, poured kerosene oil on his wife and children and set them ablaze.
Leaders changing sides before an election is not an unusual scenario in India. In general, such crossovers are by politicians who miss out on securing a candidature from their respective parties.
The vote results in a key state election are seen as a barometer of Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic downturn.
Polling began amid tight security arrangements for 94 assembly constituencies in 17 districts of Bihar from 7am on Tuesday for the second phase of assembly elections. Foolproof security arrangements have been made for voting
Elaborate security arrangements have been made for polling, as well as norms put in place to maintain social distancing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
At least 32 people, including women and children, were killed and over a dozen injured in incidents of lightning strikes across Bihar in last 24 hours, an official said on Wednesday.
"I have resigned as the CM. All MPs and MLAs of the JD(U) are at a consensus that we should leave the NDA," Kumar told reporters outside the Raj Bhawan.
The vaccination certificate issued to a dead person was uploaded on social media and is a talking point in Begusarai district. Many people are saying that it is a "ploy" to "increase" the data of coronavirus vaccination in Bihar state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government this week announced an overhaul of recruitment for India's 1.38 million-strong armed forces, looking to bring down the average age of personnel and reduce pension expenditure.