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Bihar election results: Mandate reflects wisdom of Bihar, it’s the defeat of intolerance, says Nitish Kumar

As verdict of people in Bihar gave it a thumping victory, the Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance also emerged on the top, with the largest vote share of nearly 46 per cent as against NDA's nearly 34 per cent.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi/patna |
Updated: November 9, 2015 5:31:14 am
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addresses the media at JD(U) party office in Patna on Saturday. (PTI Photo) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addresses the media at JD(U) party office in Patna. (PTI Photo)

The Grand Alliance on Sunday routed the BJP-led NDA in Bihar to score a landslide two-thirds majority in the Assembly giving Chief Minister Nitish Kumar a third term in office in a battle in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi staked his all.

Making a spectacular comeback after the severe drubbing in the last year’s Lok Sabha polls at the hands of Modi, the newly-formed JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance secured 178 seats in the 243-member House. RJD emerged the leader of the pack with 80 seats while JD(U) bagged 71. Both the parties had contested 101 seats each. Congress also made impressive gains winning 27 seats out of 41. It had won only 4 last time.

Pictures: The big winners and losers

The BJP-led NDA, for which Modi mounted an aggressive campaign addressing more than 30 rallies, bagged 58 seats. BJP on its own got 53 seats out of 157 it contested while its allies also put up a poor show. LJP, led by Ram Vilas Paswan, and RLSP of Upendra Kushwaha got two seats each. Former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM won only one of the two seats he contested and lost in all the 19 others it fought in.


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Track the performance of the Grand Alliance here, and the BJP-led NDA here.

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Bihar Election Results highlights: For Hindi, click here.

4:57 pm

4:53 pm Our priorities are already decided: Nitish Kumar

4:43 pm: There will be long term implications of Bihar result on the country: Lalu Yadav

4:38 pm People of Bihar understood Bhagwat’s remark that reservation will end if BJP comes in power: Lalu

4:36 pm Their attempt to divide people failed miserably: Lalu

4:34 pm BJP tried to communalise the election. But all their weapons failed: Lalu

4:37 pm

4:30 pm PM Modi misread the mood of Bihar: Lalu

4:30 pm PM Modi is nothing but Sangh pracharak: Lalu

4:29 pm Never expected we will get less than 190 seats: Lalu

4:28 pm Lalu Yadav addresses media

4:22 pm Prime Minister has congratulated. Mandate has come, so now we expect support from Centre: Nitish

4:20 pm Will respect the Opposition in the state. We won’t insult them: Nitish

4:19 pm: Bihar results have bearing on national politics: Nitish

4:19 pm People were really upset with the morning trends shown on TV channels after the postal stamp counting: Nitish

4:18 pm People have voted for this Grand Alliance (JDU, RJD and Congress) we will work to meet the expectations: Nitish

4:18 pm Bihar should grow fast, we will work as per people’s expectations: Nitish

4:14 pm I thank the people of Bihar for the overwhelming support and the decisive mandate: Nitish

4:14 pm Nitish Kumar holds press conference after victory

3:34 pm There will be a press conference at 4 pm at Nitish Kumar’s residence: Lalu

3:33 pm

3:30 pm: We will throw the fascist regime of Narendra Modi: Lalu

3:29 pm: Nitish will take Bihar to new heights: Lalu

3:27 pm: We (me and Nitish) will develop Bihar and bring the state on national map: Lalu

3:27 pm : The people of Bihar have rejected BJP: Lalu

3:26 pm: Lalu hails the great mandate

3:26 pm: Lalu appeals media persons to maintain silence.

3:24 pm: Nitish Kumar, Lalu Yadav to hold press conference shortly in Patna.

3:10 pm: People voted for developmental achievements: Karuna to Nitish

“Kindly accept my hearty congratulations on your landslide victory, as expected. People of Bihar have voted for good governance, for your developmental achievements in economic sphere and for your steadfast commitment to social justice”, DMK President M Karunanidhi said in his message to Kumar.

1.45 pm: Truth has defeated arrogance, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, whose party is currently leading in 21 seats as against four that it won in 2010, has said the Bihar victory was one against arrogance and hatred.

“BJP must reduce their arrogance. It will help the Prime Minister and the BJP. This victory is of truth against arrogance. We need progress and Nitishji will lead Bihar towards development. I congratulate Nitish, Lalu and the Congress candidates for winning today,” Rahul said.

1.30 pm: Referendum on Modi’s style of working, says Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal congratulated Nitish Kumar for his victory, saying Bihar has voted against politics of hate.

“The result is a referendum against Narendra Modi’s work and his style of working,” Kejriwal said, adding that he hoped the result would help put an end to the politics of intolerance that’s hit the country.

12.55 pm: Respect the mandate given by Bihar, says Amit Shah

12.50 pm: Victory of unity over divisiveness, says Rahul Gandhi

12.20 pm: Bahari vs Bihar issue has been settled, says Shatrughan Sinha

“It is the victory of democracy and the people of Bihar. I salute them. It appears that the issue of Bihari vs Bahari (and Bihari Babu’s absence) has been settled once and for all,” BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha said.

During the Bihar polls, Sinha made it pretty clear that his support was with his good friend Nitish Kumar, much to the dismay of BJP leaders who sought action against him.

12.15 pm: Sonia congratulates Nitish Kumar

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, whose party was in alliance with Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) congratulated the Chief Minister on the Grand Alliance’s victory.

12.10 pm: AIUDF leader congratulates Nitish
President of the All India United Democratic Front M Badruddin Ajmal has congratulated Nitish Kumar saying BJP’s defeat was the victory of the idea of India.

12.00 pm: Prime Minister Modi congratulates Nitish Kumar
Conceding defeat in the Bihar assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and congratulated him for his victory, PTI reported.

11.35 am: BJP ally Shiv Sena congratulates Nitish Kumar

“When Congress loses then its Sonia ji’s responsibility,similarly BJP must accept that #BiharResults is Modi ji’s responsibility,” Sanjay Raut said.



11.30 am: Thank you Bihar, says Nitish Kumar

Set to rule Bihar for another five years, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar thanked his supporters for their “overwhelming support” to the Mahagathbandhan. He’s set to hold a press conference later this afternoon.

11.20 am: BJP, RJD, JD(U) are neck-to-neck

Party wise, the BJP, RJD and JD(U) are hovering at around 57-odd seats, indicative that the alliance did work for the JD(U) and the RJD. If they had contested together, there’s a high chance that the vote would split between the two giving the BJP the edge.

10. 45 am: What our post poll survey had to say

Our post-poll survey done by Lokniti-CSDS (not an exit poll), had indicated a distinct turnaround in favour of the Mahagathbandhan.

“The NDA seems to have slipped while the Gathbandhan seems to have gained momentum and taken a lead over the NDA,” we had said. Read more here.

10.40 am: Five ways to decode the Bihar election

From the Yadavs to the EBC vote, here are five indicators that could help you read the Bihar election result.

10.25 am: ‘Bihar is slipping out of our hands’
The minister who was part of Amit Shah team conceded to Indian Express that Bihar election is slipping out of their hands. He said that the fight is turning neck and neck and it can go the Nitish way. He also said that this has happened only because of Nitish Kumar’s clean image. He added everything else was in BJP’s favour.

10.10 am: Negative campaigning cost BJP Bihar polls, says Sharad Yadav

The JD(U) has accepted victory in the Bihar polls with party chief Sharad Yadav saying PM Modi’s DNA barb at Nitish Kumar did not go down well with the state.

“Their negative campaigning cost them Bihar,” Yadav was quoted as saying by CNN-IBN.

10. 05 am: RJD almost double of JD(U) leads

According to Election Commission data, Lalu Prasad’s RJD is leading in about 23 seats, almost double of the 11 that the JD(U) has taken lead in.

The BJP, too, is leading in about 23 seats, according to EC data.

Bihar Election Results Hindi Analysis Part-2: Rujhan Pe Charcha

9.55 am: Amit Shah calls for Parliamentary Board meeting, RJD celebrates

Celebrations have begun outside the RJD office in Bihar, with mid morning trends giving the Grand Alliance a lead in the Bihar elections.

BJP chief Amit Shah has called for a meeting of the party’s parliamentary board on Monday, perhaps to discuss the party’s performance and the way forward.

9.50 am: Network 18 gives JD(U) majority
Network 18, that runs television news channels ETV and the IBN network has given the JD(U)+ lead in over 125 seats, in a way indicating that if the trends do continue, Nitish Kumar is set continue as Chief Minister.

9.45 am: Google News down on big political day?

On a day when India is tracking the Bihar elections, Google News is clearly not up with its game. The news aggregator is reflecting stories two days old. Read more here.


9.40 am: EC shows JD(U)+ ahead of NDA


9. 30 am: Lalu’s son Tejaswi trailing

While the RJD chief may  have expressed confidence in winning Bihar with a massive mandate, his son Tejaswi is trailing from Raghopur constituency. The seat is currently held by Satish Kumar of the JD(U). In the last Rabri Devi contested unsuccessfully from that seat.

9.20 am: Here’s what the numbers look like right now.

9.12 am: MIM takes lead in one seat
AIMIM has taken one lead in the Bihar election in Baisi with its candidate Ghulam Sarwar with a margin of over 200 votes. The seat in the current assembly is held by the RJD’s Abdus Subhan.

9.10 am: Gap closing in, says RJD

While early trends gave BJP the lead, RLD leader Prem Chand Gupta claims the gap is now closing in. “Initial trends were postal ballots, now the gap is reducing.Wait and watch,” he says

8.55 am: Victory for Manjhi already?
Barely an hour since voting began, ex-CM Jitan Ram Manjhi, who quit the JD(U) to launch his own party and back the NDA, has already pitched himself for the top post.

“Ready to be Chief Minister if asked,” NDTV quoted the HAM leader as saying.

8.48 am: Mum on Twitter?
While Lalu Prasad Yadav was perhaps the first Bihar politican to come out and talk to the media this morning, JD(U) leader and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, who throughout the campaign ensured his Twitter handle was abuzz, is yet to comment. On Twitter, the Bihar politicians are silent. Adopting a wait and watch approach?


8.45 am: JD(U) trails as BJP takes early lead

Less than an hour since counting began, the BJP continues to take the early lead. The BJP+ is currently leading in 20 seats, while the JD(U)+ is leading in 11.

8.35 am: ‘Counting used to last three days’
Remembering the election times before EVMs, NDTV chief Dr Prannoy Roy spoke of how during the 1980s, counting of votes would last three days.
“We would spend nights outside counting centres… waiting for the final results,” Dr Roy said.

8.30 am: Postal votes give BJP early lead
The first half-hour of counting – which usually comprises postal votes – has shown that the Non Resident Bihari vote is largely with the BJP. Post 8.30 am the EC will begin counting electronic votes.

8.20 am: Manjhi leading in Makhdumpur
Ex-CM Jitan Ram Manjhi who quit the JD(U) to form his own party and back the NDA, is leading in his constituency of Makhdumpur. Earlier this morning, he expressed confidence that the NDA would win about 180 seats. The seat was earlier with the JD(U).

08.17 am: BJP ahead in 3, JD(U) in two
While the numbers are bound to fluctuate, in an early set back for the BJP, Rajendra Singh, who many believe could well be the BJP’s CM candidate should it win the election, is trailing in Dinara.

08.10 am: BJP takes first lead
The first leads are in. The BJP and the JD(U) are leading in one seat each.

8.05 am: Counting of votes begin, first trends soon
The EVMs have been unsealed and Bihar is set to find out who will govern for the next five years. We can expect early trends in about an hour from now.

8.02 am: Will touch 180 seats, says Manjhi
Hindustani Awam Manch leader Jitan Ram Manjhi is also confident of the NDA winning 180 seats – or at least reaching close to that tally. Speaking to Times Now, Manjhi said: “Jo 180 seat ka target humne rakha tha, uske kareeb hum pahuch jayenge.”


7.48 am: Historical, violence-free election, says CEC

“This election was historical. It was violence-free. The election was free and there were only two issues reported and that was due to human error. Election was conducted in the best possible procedural manner,” the Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi told NDTV.

7.45 am: How Bihar voted – phase wise

Here’s a percentage wise table of the voter turnout over the five-phase election.

Watch: Bihar Election Results Hindi Analysis: Rujhan Pe Charcha

7. 40 am: Grand Alliance set to win over 130 seats, says Yogendra Yadav

Psephologist and former fellow at the CSDS, Yogendra Yadav has predicted a win for Nitish Kumar. In a Facebook post, Yadav explains why he thinks the BJP will not manage to win Bihar.

“I think the Grand Alliance is headed for a clear, perhaps even comfortable, majority. If my reading is correct, its tally could go well beyond the highest forecast of 130 seats.

Assuming that the error is around 2%, the findings of all the polls should be adjusted to reduce NDA vote share by 2% points and increase GA by 2%. This would dramatically change the balance in favour of the Grand Alliance, which would enjoy a lead of 3-5% over the NDA. (Please note that the CSDS survey, which uses post-poll and not exit poll, reported in the Indian Express today, projects a 4% lead for Grand Alliance. I have nothing to do with that survey any more, but continue to trust its methodology and fieldwork more than anything else) In a straight bipolar contest, it could give the GA a clear majority.”

7.30 am: Lalu should say ‘goodnight’
Polling may have ended days ago but the BJP vs Grand Alliance is still on. Reacting to Lalu Prasad’s ‘good morning’ remark that you can read below, a BJP leader in Bihar quipped: “Lalu Prasad should be saying good night instead!”

7.25 am: The A-Z of the Bihar polls
Counting of votes begins at 8 am. Until then, we recommend you read our A-Z compilation of the Bihar elections. From Arhar dal to khichdi, cow to quota, ‘jungle raj’ to vikas vote. Here’s the complete list.

7.10 am: 135 ladoos, Yuva bomb!
Preparations are already underway in Bihar as both – BJP and JD(U) are already stocking up on sweets and firecrackers in what for one side could clearly be an early Diwali celebration.

Ahead of counting, JD(U) has decided to stock up on Yuva bombs, India Today reports, where party volunteers claim that once lit, the bomb goes of 150 times. Why 150 you ask? Because they’re hopeful of winning at least 150 seats.

The BJP, on their part, has already gone ahead and bought 135 kilos of ladoos but have expressed caution when it came to buying garlands. They’ve apparently approached florists, booked their flowers, but haven’t bought any yet.

6.50 am: We will win
He’s up early and confident of a victory. RJD Chief Lalu Prasad greeted journalists with a “good morning! We will win!,” Lalu told NDTV, adding, “I had a good night’s sleep, can’t you see? Let’s see what’s in store”

Clearly, the former chief minister is hopeful of ending any ‘Modi wave’ that may have existed in Bihar.

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