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#Politics LIVE updates: Bihar has voted for change, says Congress after exit polls predict lead for Mahagathbandhan

In this election, the ruling NDA, battling anti-incumbency factor, is locked in a fierce contest against the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance). 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 7, 2020 9:58:22 pm
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As the third phase voting for the 243-member Bihar Assembly concluded at 6 PM ended with 55.22% voter turnout, exit polls on Saturday predicted a clear edge for the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan with the NDA marginally behind. Some exit polls are also indicating a hung house.  Today’s Chanakya-CNN News18 projected 180 seats for the RJD-led grand alliance, 55 for the NDA and eight for others. The majority mark is 122.

Reacting to the exit polls, Congress said Bihar has voted for change. “We are confident that Bihar has voted for a change and Bihar will vote for the change,” said Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala as quoted by PTI.

The ruling NDA, battling anti-incumbency factor, is locked in a fierce contest against the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) in Bihar. This time, JD(U) is back in the NDA, while LJP fought the election alone. During the 2019 Lok Sabha elections when both JD(U) and LJP were in the NDA, the alliance had won 39 out of 40 seats in the state.

Despite the pandemic, Bihar saw a considerable voter turnout with Phase 1 recording 54% votes –– marginally lower than 54.75 per cent for the same 71 seats in 2015 elections. Similarly, Phase 2 witnessed 55.7% voter turnout as compared to 56.17% recorded last time. With the voting concluding, the focus now shifts to November 10 counting of votes which will give Bihar a new government.

 

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Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 LIVE UPDATES: Voting in 78 constituencies ended at 6 PM. Get latest updates here.

21:58 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Bihar has voted for change: Congress

With the exit polls for Bihar out, the Congress on Saturday said Bihar has voted for change. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said exit polls are interesting as they provided employment to some people who use small samples, but people speak up at the end. "We are confident that Bihar has voted for a change and Bihar will vote for the change," he told reporters. "People have spoken in the first two phases; the third phase polling is going on. We are more than confident that Bihar has voted for change," he had earlier said. Bihar wants a government that gives employment, gives MSP to farmers, ensures new industries come and ensures that education and health, which are on the backburner become the centrepoint of governance and that's why Bihar is voting for change, he said. (PTI)

20:19 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Clean win for NDA: Dainik Bhaskar
The Dainik Bhaskar exit poll projects a clean win for NDA 

NDA: 120-127

MGB: 71-81

LJP: 12-23

Others: 19-27

20:17 (IST)07 Nov 2020
CNN News18- Todays Chanakya predicts clean win for RJD-led Mahagathbandhan

CNN News18- Todays Chanakya predicts a huge win for RJD-led Mahagathbandhan with 180 seats and 55 seats for the NDA. 

19:27 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Prediction for Bihar polls: Close fight between NDA and Mahagathbandhan

18:53 (IST)07 Nov 2020
NDA, Mahagathbandhan in close fight: India TV exit polls
India TV exit polls:

NDA: 112
(BJP: 70; JD(U): 42)

Oppn Grand alliance: 110
(RJD: 85; Congress: 25)

18:47 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Republic TV-Jan ki Baat projects lead for Mahagathbandhan

Republic TV-Jan ki Baat projects 91-117 seats for NDA, 118-138 seats for Mahagathbandhan

18:41 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Bihar voting: 55.22 per cent voter turnout in phase three

55.22 per cent voter turnout registered so far in phase three of Bihar polls; figure likely to go up: Election Commission.

18:38 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Exit polls so far: 120 seats for Mahagathbandhan, 104-128 seats for NDA 

Exit polls so far:

ABP news-CVoters predict 104-128 seats to NDA 

Times Now-CVoters predict 120 seats for Mahagathbandhan

18:35 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Exit polls coming in for Bihar polls

With the third phase polling for the 243-member Bihar Assembly concluding at 6 pm, all eyes will be on the exit polls. Findings of various exit poll surveys for the first major election in the country amid the pandemic will start trickling in after 6.30 pm. Follow here 

18:33 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Three key developments on Bihar elections

The Bihar election is being seen as a referendum on three-time Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whose JD(U) in alliance with the BJP-led NDA. Here are three key developments on Bihar elections.

17:47 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Nearly 46% turnout till 3 pm in 3rd phase of Bihar polls

An estimated 46 per cent of the total 2.35 crore electors exercised their franchise till 3 pm in the 78 assembly seats of Bihar where polling is underway in the third and final phase of elections on Saturday. While the polling so far has been peaceful, police had to open fire in the air in Purnia to disburse a crowd trying to disturb voting, even as people boycotted voting at 12 booths in Katihar in protest against barriers not being set up at two railway crossings. The poll opened at 7 am in the 78 assembly seats spread across 15 districts of north Bihar.

15:14 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Voting underway in Muzaffarpur
14:40 (IST)07 Nov 2020
34.82 per cent voter turn out at 1 pm

A voter turn out of 34.82 per cent was registered at 1 pm, ANI reported. 

13:53 (IST)07 Nov 2020
No voters at a polling station in Begusarai

A polling station in Begusarai today wore a deserted look after locals decided to boycott the elections, alleging lack of development in the area. The people here staged a demonstration instead. 

13:29 (IST)07 Nov 2020
RJD takes swipe at Nitish government over unemployment
13:23 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Polling booth in Saharsa was decorated with Madhubani artwork

A polling booth in Saharsa was decorated with Madhubani artwork. "It is because of the good decor and colourful setup that voters are coming in large numbers," the district magistrate told news agency ANI. 

12:43 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Bihar election: District-wise voter turnout at 11 am
12:42 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Locals build temporary bridge in Muzaffarpur for voters

Locals today built a temporary bridge in Muzaffarpur to help voters reach a polling station. "There was no bridge to cross the water stream. We constructed this bridge for the easy movement of people. We wanted maximum people to cast their vote," a local told news agency ANI.

12:21 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Bihar Assembly Elections: 19.77% turnout till 11 am

Bihar recorded a voter turnout of 19.77% till 11:00 am, news agency ANI reported.

12:08 (IST)07 Nov 2020
Watch: Old man brought to polling booth in Katihar

For every hundred youngsters in the age group of 18 to 23 years, only 13 are pursuing higher education in Bihar, as per the survey. This is much lower than the national average of 26.3%.

Campaigning for 71 seats in the first phase of the high-stakes election for Bihar, being held in the middle of the Covid pandemic, came to an end on Monday, with polling set to take place on Wednesday.

The last day saw a spree of election meetings by the major contenders in the election fray, including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav and the LJP’s Chirag Paswan, along with senior BJP leaders J P Nadda, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Nityanand Rai.

For a state that has had a predominantly young electorate for at least the last two election cycles (31% in the 2015 Assembly, and 24.61% in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections were under the age of 30), higher education in Bihar remains neglected. According to the latest edition of the All India Higher Education Survey (AISHE), released in 2019, Bihar’s Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) stands at 13.6%, the lowest in the country.

AISHE is the only national survey on the status of higher education in the country. For every hundred youngsters in the age group of 18 to 23 years, only 13 are pursuing higher education in Bihar, as per the survey. This is much lower than the national average of 26.3%. Even neighbouring Jharkhand has a higher GER, of 19%.