Bihar Election Results 2020 Reactions Live Updates: As the BJP-JD(U) NDA alliance came back to power in Bihar Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the results were an endorsement of the way the government tackled Covid-19 and prove that elections in the 21st century would be fought on the issue of development alone.
“Everyone is asking how did this happen? We can find an answer in yesterday’s results. The people of India clearly stated that the only point of debate during elections would be development in the 21st century India. They are asking every other party to come to this plank, and showing them that these are the real issues,” PM Modi said as hundreds of party workers gathered outside the BJP headquarters cheered.
The ruling coalition won 125 seats in the 243-member Assembly, while the Grand Alliance of Opposition parties won 110 seats. Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Chirag Paswan said the results showed the people of Bihar respected PM Modi, and it was his victory. The LJP managed to win only one of the 137 seats it contested — its worst performance since its inception in October 2000. Paswan, however, said his party’s candidates had fought well, and its position has been strengthened in the state.
With Left parties — CPI(ML), CPM and CPI — performing well and retaining its pockets of influence, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury warned naysayers against writing them off, saying had they been given more seats, they would have notched up higher numbers this election. Left parties contested 29 seats and won 16.
CPI(ML)’s Dipankar Bhattacharya, meanwhile, told The Indian Express, “There are a lot of gains we have made for the Left movement and for the entire pro-democracy movement in the country.”
Meanwhile, as the Congress emerged the weakest link of the mahagathbandhan, a source told The Indian Express the 70 seats the party contested were “traditionally non UPA/non-Congress seats, where the strike rate of the NDA had been more than 95 per cent”.
Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) made huge gains, winning five seats out of 24 in the Seemanchal region. It had fielded 16 candidates in the region. The party’s Bihar president, Akhtar-ul Iman, told IndianExpress.com, “We will do whatever needs to be done to stop divisive forces from coming back to power. It is true that people’s mandate should be respected, we will respect it and decide accordingly.”