DATE=9/20/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIA/ELECTION VIOLENCE/BIHAR NUMBER=2-254086 BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Authorities in India are deploying extra security in the eastern state of Bihar, which was swept by a wave of election day violence last week. As Anjana Pasricha reports from VOA's New Delhi Bureau, there are fears of more violence as India prepares for the last two rounds of its staggered election. TEXT: After India completed the first two rounds of voting earlier this month, the country's Chief Election Commissioner called the balloting "peaceful, dull, almost boring." But the calm was broken when 44 people were killed in landmine blasts and clashes on polling day last Saturday As India prepares for the its last two rounds of polling, Election Commissioner M. S. Gill says the country is now embarking on the "harder part of the election." Most of the concern centers on Bihar, where polling is still to be held in nearly two-thirds of the state. Nearly one-tenth of the country's lawmakers come from Bihar. It's India's poorest state and the site of most of the recent violence. The state's Home Commissioner, U.N. Panjiar, says security is being tightened for the next two rounds of voting on September 25th and October 3rd. ///INSERT PANJIAR ACT/// We are taking extra steps and we are also requesting the government of India to provide additional force so that we can strengthen the security. ///END PANJIAR ACT/// (OPT) Most of the victims Saturday were policemen and election workers who were killed in landmine blasts blamed on extremist Maoist guerrillas. (END OPT) Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party leaders are accusing the local opposition of inciting violence, and encouraging attacks on their candidates. On Monday, Defense Minister George Fernandes said the state's Chief Minister, Rabri Devi, had called on voters to "lynch with stones" a candidate of the BJP alliance. (Ram Vilas paswan) (OPT) B-J-P spokesman Narendra Modi says his party is concerned that voting may not be fair in Bihar. ///INSERT MODI ACT/// Because violence one problem. The malpractice's another problem and the state government is totally inept. ///END MODI ACT/// (END OPT) Bihar is ruled by a regional party called the Rashtriya janata Dal - a political rival of the B-J-P and its allies. Home Commissioner Panjiar admits the political temperature in the state is high. ///INSERT PANJIAR ACT/// The next two phases the problems are different from the first phase. Now the problem will be to see there are no clashes between the parties or their candidates or their supporters, or there is no booth capturing (ballot tampering) as such. So these are are two main concerns. ///END PANJIAR ACT/// Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has stressed the need for caution even after the election is over, and says the votes must be protected until the counting is finished. During the staggered elections, the millions of ballots from throughout the country are sealed in boxes and kept in government buildings until all phases of the polling are complete. But in past elections in Bihar, there have been frequent complaints of ballot boxes being snatched or tampered with. Vote counting begins nationwide on October 6th. Exit polls inidicate the B-J-P and its allies will likely win more than half the seats. (SIGNED) NEB/AP/LTD/bk 20-Sep-1999 09:05 AM LOC (20-Sep-1999 1305 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .