Asaddudin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has bagged 5 seats in Bihar assembly elections, in a contest that is seemingly moving towards a cliffhanger.
7:19: Asaddudin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has bagged 5 seats in Bihar assembly elections, in a contest that is seemingly moving towards a cliffhanger. Owaisi’s AIMIM can play a major role in government formation in Bihar if current trends settle as they are. The NDA is currently leading on 121 seats, whereas the Mahagathbandha is leading on 115 seats.
Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and BJP incharge for Bihar, Bhupender Yadav reached the residence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
#WATCH Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and BJP incharge for Bihar, Bhupender Yadav arrive at the residence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
— ANI (@ANI) November 10, 2020
6:17: According to latest trends, the Mahagathbandhan led by Tejahswi Yadav is inching closer to the majority mark, while NDA led by Nitish Kumar has maintained a thin lead. Overtaking BJP, the RJD is now emerging as the single largest party in Bihar. As per news18 Bihar Jharkhand, NDA is leading on 122 seats, whereas Mahagathbandhan is at 114 seats.
Manoj Jha, the RJD MP, was hopeful when he talked to reporters sometime back. “Bihar is going to get its own government and nobody can stop it. I request the Chief Minister whose exit is confirmed, to stop calling returning officers to slow down the counting of votes. He can only delay his defeat,” Manoj Jha said.
1.45: “We hope to finish the counting as per the procedure by late tonight,” EC deputy said in a press conference.
1:38: “Around 1 crore votes are counted. A significant amount of votes are yet to be counted. The process has been completely glitch-free,” Election commission said in a press conference.
12:30: Tejashwi Yadav, the chief ministerial face of Mahagathbandhan, is leading from Raghopur constituency. His brother Tej Pratap Yadav is also seen surging ahead on Hasanpur seat. Hindustani Awam Morcha’s Jeetan Ram Manjhi, in an unprecedented development, is trailing fro Imamganj seat. RJD’s Uday Chaudhary is ahead of Manjhi.
10:59: The NDA led by Nitish Kumar is crossing the majority in early trends, leading the alliance to retain power in Bihar. Mahagathbandhan led by Tejashwi Yadav, contrary to earlier trends, has slipped down and is seen trailing behind the NDA. The NDA is leading on 124 seats, however, the Mahagathbandhan has been leading on 105 seats.
10:24: Early trends show neck to neck fight between Mahagathbandhan and NDA, as both alliances keep touching the majority marks with new vote counts coming in. According to ABP News, NDA is now leading on 125 seats, while MGB is leading on 110 seats.
9:37 AM: According to ABP news, Chirag Paswan’s LJP is leading ahead on 6 seats. Tejashwi led Mahagathbandhan is leading on 122 seats, while the NDA is leading on 111 seats. In Mithilanchal, as per early trends, both MGB and NDA are in a neck to neck fight, while MGB is way ahead of NDA in Magadh-Bhojpur region.
9:15 AM – The Mahagathbandhan led by Tejashwi Yadav have gained an early lead as vote counting began for the Bihar elections. RJD may outperform itself in case of seats won in the previous elections. JD(U) has been struggling, whereas BJP may improve its performance compared to last year.
Bihar elections have concluded and the results will be declared today. The NDA comprising of BJP, JD(U), HAM and VIP will stand against the Mahagathbandhan comprising of the RJD, Congress and left parties.
According to exit polls, the opposition alliance of Mhagathbandhan is likely to lead in the contest, however, the BJP under PM Modi will also be hoping to prove the exit polls wrong.
The incumbent CM Nitish Kumar, according to political pundits, is facing the anti-incumbency. Mahahagathbandhan, led by Lalu Yadav’s son Tejashwi Yadav, has fought an issue-centric campaign, largely focusing on the rising unemployment among the youth. On the same note, Tejashwi Yadav has promised the youth 10 Lakh government jobs in the very first cabinet meeting.
A day after several exit polls gave the RJD-led opposition alliance in Bihar an edge over the ruling NDA, Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday said the people of the state will send a clear message that they are more concerned with issues such as jobs, food, healthcare and inflation. Several exit polls on Saturday gave the RJD-led opposition alliance in Bihar an edge over the ruling NDA while at least three of them predicted a clear majority for the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ which has projected Tejashwi Yadav as its chief ministerial face. Most of the exit polls also predicted RJD to again emerge as the single largest party in the 243-member assembly along with a clear dip in the seat tally of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar-led JD(U).
“Mr Modi (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) believes that he can win every election on Hindutva, Ram Temple, Pulwama, repeal of Art 370, CAA, and branding every opposition party and opposition leader as anti-national,” Chidambaram said. “I believe the people of Bihar will send a clear message that they are more concerned with jobs, food, healthcare, inflation, fair prices for farmers, infrastructure and industrial development. Will the PM hear their voices?” he said in a series of tweets.