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Bihar Election Results 2020 Political Reactions Live: Will stop divisive forces from coming to power, says AIMIM

Bihar Election Results 2020 Reactions Live Updates: The ruling NDA coalition won 125 seats in the 243-member Assembly, while the Grand Alliance of Opposition parties won 110 seats.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi, Patna | Updated: November 11, 2020 10:13:48 pm
Bihar Election Results 2020 Live, Bihar Election Result Political Reactions LiveBihar Assembly Election 2020 Results: The NDA has been voted back to power in the state.

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.

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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.”

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Political Reaction to the Bihar Assembly Election Results 2020 Live News Updates: PM Narendra Modi says democracy "has won again"; Amit Shah says win reflects Modi govt's successful fight against Covid-19; Ravi Shankar Prasad calls it a 'historic day'; Chirag Paswan praises PM Modi; Sitaram Yechury says don't write off Left.

22:13 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Bihar results an endorsement of the way we tackled Covid-19 pandemic, says PM Modi

A day after the NDA retained power in Bihar, with the BJP emerging as the dominant partner, and put on an impressive show in the bypolls, 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.

20:59 (IST)11 Nov 2020
BJP became elder brother by climbing up Nitish’s ladder: Uma Bharti

Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti said on Wednesday that her party became the “elder brother” in the NDA alliance in Bihar only through the “ladder” of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. She was speaking to reporters here a day after the BJP won more seats in Bihar Assembly elections than its ally, Kumar-led Janata Dal (United).

When asked should there be a BJP chief minister in the northern state now, Bharti said, “I don’t want to get into this.”

“The election was contested under the leadership of Nitish Kumar, and you will recall that his leadership had been announced by me in 2005 when I was BJP general secretary in-charge of Bihar. And we were able to form a government there,” she said.

20:17 (IST)11 Nov 2020
This was India's first big election after world was hit with Covid: JP Nadda

Addressing party working, BJP national president JP said: "This was India's first big elections after the world was hit by the COVID pandemic. From viewpoint of contributing to the elections to bringing people out to vote for us, it has been a big and defining period."

20:16 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Salute public for majority, thank PM Modi: Nitish Kumar reacts on Bihar victory

Meanwhile, in his first reaction since Bihar election results were announced, JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar in a tweet said: "I salute the public for the majority it gave to the NDA. I thank PM Narendra Modi for his support"

20:05 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Behind BJP's success is its governance model: PM Modi

Addressing party workers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attributed BJP's "governance model" behind its success in elections. "When people think of governance, they think of BJP," PM Modi said.

19:24 (IST)11 Nov 2020
After winning in Bihar, Bengal is prime focus for BJP : Vijayvargiya

After clinching the Bihar assembly polls, West Bengal will be the "prime focus" for BJP where it has set a target of winning more than 200 seats in the state elections due in April-May 2021, party national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said on Wednesday.

The NDA has won 125 seats in the 243-member Bihar assembly, results of which were declared on Tuesday. The BJP with its score of 74 seats has emerged as the party to have won the second highest number of seats after Lalu Prasad's RJD. The saffron party's tally is much higher than that of its ally - the JD(U) which won 43 seats. It will now shift its focus to politically crucial West Bengal, which sends 42 MPs to the Lok Sabha - two more than Bihar, Vijayvargiya, who is also BJP's in-charge of Bengal, said. (PTI)

17:38 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Sanjay Raut hails Tejashwi Yadav as 'man of the match'

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Wednesday praised RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, saying that he has emerged as the 'man of the match' in the Bihar Assembly elections and will play a 'pivotal role' in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. Talking to PTI, Raut expressed doubts over the stability of the next NDA government in Bihar.

In the 243-member House, the BJP-JD(U) alliance has won 125 seats, where the simple majority mark is 123, while the opposition grand alliance has bagged 110 seats, he said. 'The majority is very thin and anything can happen. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's party- JD(U) finished third and if anyone is celebrating the win, it's a joke. The BJP has done well, for which it had to do a lot of political strategising,' he said.

"Chirag Paswan's LJP ensured the defeat of 20 JD(U) candidates and Paswan is still in the NDA. This is a serious issue," Raut said.

16:35 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Wanted JD(U) "emaciated", won't back Nitish: Chirag Paswan

LJP leader Chirag Paswan on Wednesday defended his decision of fielding candidates against the JD(U) in large numbers in the Bihar assembly polls which hugely damaged its prospects, saying he wanted Nitish Kumar's party to be "emaciated" and succeeded in the endeavour. He also declared he will not support the new government in Bihar if the NDA stuck to its promise of retaining Nitish Kumar as the chief minister despite the JD (U)'s diminished numbers in the assembly.

"We never concealed our intentions. We believed the JD(U) headed by Kumar needed to be emaciated and we succeeded. We wanted to make the BJP stronger and its heft has increased unquestionably," Paswan said.

Paswan told PTI that he was happy that the BJP had emerged "much bigger and stronger" in Bihar, and ruled out any possibility of a truck with the opposition Grand Alliance, comprising RJD, Congress and three Left parties, citing "ideological differences". (PTI)

15:52 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Stand by BJP leadership’s decision to continue Nitish Kumar as CM: Bhupendra Yadav

In an interview with the Indian Express, BJP General Secretary Bhupender Yadav, in-charge of Bihar, talks about the way ahead for NDA after retaining power in Bihar. "People of Bihar have voted for development and continuity. The electorate has supported us to fulfill Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for Atmanirbhar Bihar that goes with the Atmanirbhar Bharat. We are accepting the mandate and will work towards fulfilling the pledge we have made for the development of Bihar in our manifesto.", he said.

13:19 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Will Nitish Kumar remain Bihar CM?

BJP’s Bihar unit President Sanjay Jaiswal told The Indian Express, “When we decided to be partners, our then national president Amit Shah had said that NDA would be led by Nitish Kumar. So, it stands.” he said. Asked if Kumar would be CM for the entire five years if the NDA forms the government, Jaiswal said: “Naturally, when our Prime Minister has said that. Yes, it will be so.”

However, speaking to The Indian Express, another party leader Sanjay Paswan suggested there was still room for reconsideration. “It’s a victory for the BJP and Prime Minister Modi. But as per our promises, we are committed to offer the Chief Minister’s post to Nitish Kumar. It’s up to the morality of Nitish Kumar to decide what to do.” Read more here

11:53 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Shiv Sena mouthpiece credits Tejashwi, targets BJP

Shiv Sena's mouthpiece, Saamana, has said if Nitish Kumar becomes chief minister despite the JD(U) winning less seats in the Bihar election, the credit should go to the Sena.

"BJP leader Amit Shah had announced that Nitish Kumar would become the chief minister even if his party gets less number of seats. But a similar assurance was given to the Shiv Sena during the 2019 Assembly polls in Maharashtra, which was not honoured and the state witnessed a political 'Mahabharat'," it said. "If Nitish Kumar becomes the chief minister despite winning less number seats, its credit should go to the Shiv Sena."

The editorial also praised RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav for his "spirited fight" in the election. "Bihar has seen the rise of Tejashwi era. He single-handedly fought the people in power. It would be injustice to Tejashwi to say that Modi's charisma worked in Bihar. The election, which looked one-sided initially became a closely-fought contest due to Tejashwi," it was quoted as saying by PTI. "The Bihar elections gave a new Tejashwi (shining) face to the national politics. He needs to be congratulated."

11:15 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Tamil Nadu CM: 'People of Bihar reaffirmed their solidarity for NDA alliance'

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami congratulates the people of Bihar for reaffirming their solidarity for the NDA alliance. Palaniswami heads the AIADMK party, a key ally of the BJP. "Good governance leads to progressive State. People of Bihar have reaffirmed their solidarity for NDA alliance. My hearty congratulations for NDA alliance in the state. Best wishes for the People of Bihar," he tweets.

10:55 (IST)11 Nov 2020
The weakest link: Congress sources say seats contested were "non-Congress" seats

Congress sources told The Indian Express the 70 seats it contested were "traditionally non UPA/non-Congress seats, where the strike rate of the NDA had been more than 95 per cent". Said a Congress leader: "Whenever the JD(U) and BJP come together they become a deadly combination based on their caste and social composition. In 2010 when the BJP and the JD(U) fought together they won 65 out of these 70 seats. The BJP had won 33 out of 36 and the JD(U) won 32 out of 34. Similarly, in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP and the JD(U) fought together, they led in 67 out of the same 70 seats. BJP led in 25 out of 26 segments and JD(U) led in 28 out of 32 segments." Read more here

10:37 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Will stop divisive forces from returning to power, says AIMIM’s Akhtar-ul Iman
Akhtar-ul Iman with party chief Asaduddin Owaisi

In an interview to IndianExpress.com, AIMIM’s Bihar president Akhtar-ul Iman, who won from Amour defeating sitting Congress MLA Jaleel Mastan, said: "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." AIMIM made huge gains, winning five seats out of 24 in the Seemanchal region. It had fielded 16 candidates in the region. Read the full interview here

10:35 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Sena's Priyanka Chaturvedi praises Tejashwi Yadav

Rajya Sabha MP and Shiv Sena Deputy Leader Priyanka Chaturvedi says "the man of the match is undoubtable Tejashwi Yadav."

09:16 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Digvijaya Singh appeals to Nitish Kumar to enter national politics

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, in a tweet, appealed to Nitish Kumar to enter national politics. "Nitish ji, Bihar is too small an arena for you now; you should enter national politics. You should help build consensus among all socialist and secular parties, not let the 'divide and rule' policy of the RSS prevail," he tweeted in Hindi.

08:57 (IST)11 Nov 2020
RJD alliance falls just short, alleges miscount; EC says all in order

The RJD-led Opposition Mahagathbandhan, which exit polls predicted would win the Assembly elections and end Nitish Kumar’s 15-year run as Chief Minister, fell short of the majority mark in the 243-member Bihar House Tuesday night.

Pulled down by the dismal showing of the Congress, the strong performance of AIMIM in Seemanchal, and the less-than-expected tally of RJD though it did emerge as the single largest party, the Mahagathbandhan refused to accept the results. It alleged that returning officers had given into pressure from the ruling alliance, and had not been fair in declaring the results.

08:54 (IST)11 Nov 2020
'Historic day': Ravi Shankar Prasad said Bihar's people trusted PM Modi's leadership

"Today is a historic day that NDA has won again the extraordinary trust of the people of Bihar. They trusted PM Modi's leadership whose commitment resonated with them that without development of Bihar, development of India will remain incomplete," said Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

08:44 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Democracy has once again won in Bihar with blessings of the people: Narendra Modi

Democracy has once again won in Bihar with the blessings of the people, says Narendra Modi.

08:20 (IST)11 Nov 2020
People have elected double-engine govt and rejected 'double yuvraj': Ashwini Kumar Choubey

As NDA clinches 125 seats in Bihar to retain its govt, it's time for celebration for the parties in the alliance. Union Minister and BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Choubey expressed gratitude towards the voters of Bihar and attributed the win to PM Modi's hard work. "I would like to express my gratitude towards the people of Bihar. This victory is a result of PM Narendra Modi's hard work and guidance. People have elected double-engine govt and rejected 'double yuvraj'," he said.

On Monday, outside 1 Anney Marg, the official residence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, there was a pall of silence. Security personnel discouraged anyone from lingering around, and the only vehicles parked in the compound seemed to be those of the police.

The gates at 10, Circular Road, home to two former Chief Ministers — Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi — and potential Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, were shut too. Nobody was allowed inside, and yet it didn’t matter. Through the day, there were at least a hundred people standing outside, with garlands, sweets and Tejashwi’s photographs.

Tejashwi didn’t emerge outside, but they waited nonetheless.

On Sunday, the RJD leadership had sent out a pointed message to the cadres, telling them to accept any result on counting day with humility and grace, and to refrain from inappropriate celebrations, including celebratory gunfire. The cadres were also asked to stay away from Tejashwi’s home on his 31st birthday, as he wished to celebrate it in a simple manner.

Munna Yadav said he was following both the guidelines. “Look at everyone here. We are all from Patna and nearby. We will be at our stations tomorrow to ensure nothing goes wrong. I only have some flowers to give him… Hopefully, he will come out. Even if he doesn’t, there is no place I’d rather be,” he said.