The ruling government in Bihar led by Nitish Kumar overcomes the stiff challenge of opposition Grand Alliance led by Tejaswi Yadav’s RJD. The NDA alliance won the state assembly of 243 seats with 125-110 margin.
The most important state elections of this year was fought very closely where everyone had to wait late until night on 10th November to know the results. But in the end NDA alliance of BJP and JD(U) came through successfully to win the state for the fourth consecutive term and Nitish Kumar becoming CM of Bihar for the 6th time.
Apart from BJP’s 74 seats and JD(U)’s 43 seats the ruling alliance partners HAM and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) chipped in with four seats each.
The opposition alliance led by RJD’s Tejeaswi Yadav, son of Lallu Prasad Yadav came as the single largest party in the election with 75 seats. The Congress party who are a part of Grand alliance was a poor show with winning only 19 seats out of the 70 seats it had contested. The Congress party is seen as the weakest link in the alliance and many consider RJD made a mistake by giving them more seats to contest.
However, the show of Communist parties was a huge surprise for many. The three communist parties contested, won 16 seats in total. The CPI(ML) won 12 seats with CPI and CPI(M) taking two seats each. The left parties took their total tally to 16 from just 3 in 2015.
Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM emerged as a surprise package of the election, winning five seats. The party had gained a foothold winning a seat in a by-election in Bihar earlier, but made significant inroads into the Seemanchanchal region which has a large presence of Muslim voters. Its ally BSP also clinched one seat.