Report9 : It’s D-day in Bihar – the bitter political campaign between BJP and the Grand Alliance has been the most significant political election since the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Earlier, most exit-poll surveys were unable to provide a clear-cut winner indicating that this election may go down to the last seat. However, both, the BJP-led NDA and the Grand Alliance were confident of a win in the Bihar Assembly elections. The halfway mark in the 243 member house is 122.
The Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance has now pulled way ahead of the BJP on a dramatic Sunday morning that has seen unprecedented confusion as votes are counted for the Bihar assembly elections.
The latest developments of the poll results are as follows:
1. The Grand Alliance is now leading in 138 seats. A party or alliance needs 122 seats to form government in the 243-member Bihar assembly.
2. The BJP, which had led in earlier rounds, is now ahead in 94 seats.
3. “What a comeback for JDU. In 1 hour their leads hv overtaken dat of ours. It looks a photo finish.
What an election (sic),” tweeted Ram Madhav of the BJP.
4. Janata Dal United chief Sharad Yadav asserted his party’s alliance would end up with 150 seats.
5. At about 10 am, two hours into counting, there was confusion over who was leading with
different TV channels making discrepant forecasts.
6. NDTV and some other channels showed the BJP ahead. Others, including local media in Bihar, showed the Grand Alliance ahead.
7. Election Commission data too showed the Nitish Kumar alliance ahead.
8. “This sort of discrepancy is a first,” said Yogendra Yadav, psephologist and former Aam Aadmi Party leader.
9. Amid the confusion, there were celebrations in both camps. The BJP in Patna ordered a 100 kg of sweets. At the homes of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his ally Lalu Yadav, supporters danced.
10. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who is seeking a third straight term, remained at home through the morning and party leaders said he was “completely relaxed.”