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Bihar election results 2020: Trends show BJP at pole position

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by Sabir Hussain
Nov 10, 2020 11:47 AM IST

The which won 53 seats in 2015 was leading at 70 seats shortly before noon.

The BJP which has so far played the role of a junior partner to the JD-U in the NDA in Bihar seems to have emerged from the shadow of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, according to trends in the assembly election results on Tuesday.

Locals watch the election results on a big screen during counting day of Bihar Assembly polls in Patna on Tuesday.(PTI)
Locals watch the election results on a big screen during counting day of Bihar Assembly polls in Patna on Tuesday.(PTI)

By 11.40, the BJP was leading in 70 seats against the JD-U which was ahead in 53 seats as the NDA crossed the halfway mark of 122 seats.

In 2015, the JD-U had won 71 seats while the BJP had won 53.

This time, the JD-U has clearly been hurt by erstwhile NDA partner LJP which went rogue and contested on 137 seats where Nitish Kumar’s party had put up candidates. Counting trends indicated that the LJP cut the JD-U’s vote and benefited the opposition Grand Alliance.

The BJP, on the other hand, had no such threat from the LJP with its chief Chirag Paswan remaining effusive in his praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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An anti-incumbency factor coupled with unemployment that emerged as a major election issue and Chirag Paswan’s campaign dented a lot of the JD-U’s prospects.

The RJD which had started off on brisk slowed down later in the morning while the BJP caught up with it and even overtook it to emerge as the leading party . The RJD was leading in 60 seats.

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