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The Nitty-Gritty of Bihar’s Mahagathbandhan Victory

After five phases of voting, two months of campaigning, and insults traded by leading politicians, Bihar has decided.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad and Bihar Congress President Ashok Chaudhary at a press conference after the Mahagathbandhan’s victory. (Photo: PTI)

Five phases of voting, two months of campaigning, and insults traded by leading politician – after all the drama, the people of Bihar have spoken in a clear, resounding voice.

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The Nitty-Gritty of Bihar’s Mahagathbandhan Victory

The JD(U)-RJD-Congress Mahagathbandhan has emerged as the clear victor. Nitish Kumar will be Chief Minister for a third term, and Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD has emerged as the single largest party. The Congress has also gained from the alliance, taking their tally from a paltry 4 seats in 2010 to about 25 seats this time around.

The BJP is down from 91 seats to a mere 52, with the NDA likely to secure 58 seats.

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The Nitty-Gritty of Bihar’s Mahagathbandhan Victory

The vote shares of the two alliances are also quite significant. The NDA has 34 percent of the vote, while the Mahagathbandhan has nearly 42 percent. The BJP has increased its vote share from 16.4 percent in 2010 to 24.9 per cent this time. However, the BJP has contested from160 seats, and was by far the biggest party in its alliance. In 2010, it was the junior partner to Nitish Kumar and the JD(U).

The RJD’s vote share has remained constant from 2010, at about 18 percent. However, they were contesting from just 101 seats, down from 168 five years ago.

Congress supporters burn crackers as they celebrate Bihar poll results, at party headquarters in New Delhi on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)
Congress supporters burn crackers as they celebrate Bihar poll results, at party headquarters in New Delhi on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)

The Congress’ vote share has dropped to nearly six percent from about eight percent. But contesting from just 40 seats, they have managed to win or lead in 27 seats. This is huge gain from a mere four seats in 2010.

Clearly, allying with Nitish and Lalu has paid off for what was a nearly decimated Grand Old Party.

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