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Bihar Results: Tejashwi Yadav+ Ahead In Early Leads

Bihar Results: Tejashwi Yadav+ Ahead In Early Leads

Bihar Election Results 2020: Tejashwi Yadav has been conducting an issue-based campaign. (File)

New Delhi: The opposition alliance of Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Congress and Left parties have made gains over Bihar's ruling NDA as the counting of votes started this morning. Within the ruling alliance, Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal United, however, has fallen far behind ally BJP an outcome that was expected after Chirag Paswan's rebellion and his party's solo contest. The Lok Janashakti Party, which is leading on a few seats, was expected to eat into the JDU votes and give an upper hand to the BJP, which had been chafing under Mr Kumar's leadership in the state.

Here are the top 10 points on Bihar election results:

  1. The opposition alliance is currently leading in 117 seats, the NDA in 110 seats in Bihar Election Results. The RJD is ahead in 76 seats, the Congress in 28 and the Left parties in 6 seats. The BJP is leading in 59 seats, the JDU in 45. The LJP is leading in 8 seats.

  2. The campaign saw Tejashwi Yadav - who took the reins of the party as his father Lalu Yadav was jailed in a string of corruption cases-- come of age, drawing huge crowds at his rallies across the state.

  3. Tejashwi Yadav has been conducting an issue-based campaign. But his promise of signing off on 10 lakh jobs was the big hook, his party said, in the backdrop of the widespread unemployment in the state since the lockdown started in March.

  4. Alongside the opposition campaign, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has faced jibes, slogan-shouting crowds and on one occasion, an onion attack. In several instances, he is seen to have lost his cool.

  5. In his campaign, Mr Kumar has focused increasingly on jibes against the opposition, targeting Tejashwi Yadav repeatedly over the law and order issues during the 15-year tenure of his parents Lalu Yadav and Rabri Devi. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had referred to him as the "Jungle Raj ka Yujraj (Crown Prince of Jungle Raj).

  6. Tejashwi Yadav has refused to be goaded into any angry retort. Instead, he has repeatedly said the ruling alliance was targeting him as they were not willing to respond to the burning issues in the state -- unemployment, migrant crisis, corruption and prohibition-related problems.

  7. On the last day of the campaign, Nitish Kumar made a shock announcement that this would be his last election. Though his supporters tried to explain it saying he only meant it was the last day of campaign, the opposition was not convinced.

  8. While Tejashwi Yadav said it proved his assessment that the 69-year-old Chief Minister was "tired", Chirag Paswan warned people against voting for anyone who would not be answerable to them again.

  9. Chirag Paswan, whose party is contesting solo in this election, is expected to be a key factor - and one that might prove costly for Nitish Kumar. With a declared aim of a "Nitish-Mukt Bihar (Nitish-free Bihar)" he is expected to eat into the votes of the ruling Janata Dal United. The situation is expected to benefit the BJP in case no clear majority emerges - Mr Paswan has repeatedly underscored his loyalty to the party.

  10. An upset in Bihar will be a huge reversal for the NDA, which won 39 of the state's 40 Lok Sabha seats in last year's general elections. Already, the NDA's lacklustre campaign has fuelled speculation that the BJP's master strategist, Amit Shah, is preoccupied with neighbouring Bengal, where assembly elections are due next year.


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