There were five vacancies from the state and JD(U) had two clear seats. The BJP and the RJD had one each. This left the fifth one up for grabs, providing an equal opportunity to both ruling NDA and opposition UPA,provided who managed the Independents votes better. With 31 surplus votes in NDAs kitty, a BJP candidate was almost sure to romp home. For securing victory, a total of 40 votes were required, where the ruling alliance had enlisted support from seven Independent and two SP MLAs.