Dissing the exit polls, the National Democratic Alliance put up a winning performance in a cliffhanger election. The final phase of counting was nothing less than a super-over of an IPL match. Till the very last hour, leaders of Mahagathbandhan looked optimistic and were expecting a miracle in a neck-to-neck battle.
According to data released by the Election Commission of India, all NDA partners- BJP, JD(U), Vikassheel Insaan Party, and Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular)- together won 125 seats of the 243 assembly constituencies. Mahagathbandhan managed to win only 110 seats.
RJD became the single largest party with 75 seats, followed by the BJP (74).
All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen – 5
Bahujan Samaj Party- 1
Bharatiya Janata Party – 74
Communist Party of India- 2
Communist Party of India (Marxist) – 2
Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) (Liberation) – 12
Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) – 4
Independent – 1
Indian National Congress- 19
Janata Dal (United) – 43
Lok Jan Shakti Party – 1
Rashtriya Janata Dal – 75
Vikassheel Insaan Party – 4
The single largest party RJD had the highest vote share of 23.1%. The BJP stands second in the list with 19.5% votes, JD(U) 15.4%, and Congress 9.48%.
Chirag Paswan-led LJP that contested on 137 constituencies managed to win only one seat. LJP candidate Raj Kumar Singh won from the Matihani constituency while the party could not retain either of the two seats it represented in the last election. Raj Kumar defeated sitting JD(U) MLA Narendra Kumar Singh by a thin margin of 333 votes. “We were close to victory in a few seats. But I can say our party performed well. The Bihar mandate has given us an indication that we are close to our 2025 target. Happy that Bihar gave love to LJP, around 25 Lakh voters trusted ‘Bihar First, Bihari First’ and we secured 6% votes while contesting alone,” Says Chirag Paswan.
Political analysts are also claiming that poor performance by the Congress party proved costly for the Grand Alliance in Bihar. The party could not match its performance in the 2015 assembly elections. It had then contested 41 seats and won 27. “While Tejashwi Yadav talked about jobs, economy, and development of Bihar, Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders spoke of China, attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and raised inconsequential issues,” said political analyst Ajay Kumar Jha.
The RJD, Congress, and CPI (M-L) approached the Election Commission on Tuesday night to lodge complaints, alleging foul play by the administration. A delegation of the Grand Alliance also met Election Commission in Patna.
Former RJD minister Shyam Rajak said that “things changed when deputy CM Sushil Modi went to the CM House. Both him and CM put pressure on district administration to favor their candidates.”
The poll panel debunked RJD’s claims and said that the authority was under no pressure and all the declared results are publically available.