Bihar Election Results 2020 Highlights: People’s faith in democracy defeated fear of pandemic, says PM

Bihar Election 2020 Result Updates, Final Seat Tally – The NDA is back to power in Bihar with a slender majority. After the numerical see-saw, which continued through the day, Nitish Kumar-led NDA managed to win a total of 125 seats in the 243-member state assembly.

Bihar Election Results 2020 Highlights: People’s faith in democracy defeated fear of pandemic, says PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves a victory sign during Bihar poll celebrations at BJP headquarters at New Delhi. (Photo: BJP/Twitter)

Bihar Election Result Highlights: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is back to power in Bihar with a slender majority. After the numerical see-saw, which continued through the day, Nitish Kumar-led NDA managed to win a total of 125 seats in the 243-member state assembly. However, the Mahagathbandhan or Grand Alliance gave it a tough competition and managed to win 110 seats. While the Bharatiya Janata Party bagged 74 seats, the Congress got just 19 seats. The Bihar election results came as a surprise as most exit polls had predicted a clear majority for the Tejashwi Yadav-led Mahagatbandhan. Despite this, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) emerged as the largest single party in the state by winning 75 seats with 23.1 per cent of vote share. On the other hand, Nitish Kumar is all set to become chief minister for the fourth consecutive term but with diminished clout as his party got just 43 seats this time. In 2015, Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United had clinched 71 seats. In the last election, his party was part of the Grand Alliance which included the Congress.

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Despite not performing better than its ally, Nitish Kumar is set to become chief minister again as he was declared the chief ministerial candidate of the NDA by the BJP top brass including party chief JP Nadda and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) could be blamed for JDU’s poor performance as it affected JDU’s chances on about 30 seats. However, the party itself had the worst-ever performance since its inception in October 2000 in terms of seats. It managed to win just one seat.

The poor performance by the JDU, however, will likely make the BJP more assertive and it may demand a larger share in the ministerial pie and greater say in governance. JDU spokesperson KC Tyagi said that a ‘sinister’ campaign was run against JDU as part of a “conspiracy”. Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) won four seats each. Both parties are part of the NDA. Meanwhile, Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM emerged as a surprise package in Bihar Assembly elections by winning five seats. Its ally Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) also clinched one seat. The biggest gainer in the Bihar Assembly elections is the CPI-ML, which clinched 12 seats. The CPI-M and CPI won two each.

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20:10 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Warning for Didi?

Without taking the name of Mamata Banerjee or West Bengal, PM Modi said that those who kill BJP workers should know that democracy can’t be murdered like that. The writing on the wall is clear, says PM Modi

20:04 (IST)11 Nov 2020
BJP’s silent voters

From rural to urban, women have become the largest group of silent voters for us, says PM Modi

19:57 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Good governance is our identity, says PM Modi

PM Modi says our governance model is the reason why people have voted for us.

19:55 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas is our key success mantra, says PM Modi

Bihar is very special for me, says PM Modi. He says that Bihar, which is known as the land of democracy, has once again shown its acumen.

19:50 (IST)11 Nov 2020
People are trusting us, says PM Modi

The BJP is working tirelessly for nation’s middle class, women. People are trusting us and this faith is the biggest asset for us, says PM Modi

19:47 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Development is the key agenda, says PM Modi

PM Modi says that the poll mandate shows that the voters recognise the real work. He said that development is the only agenda that people will vote for and the numbers show it.

19:39 (IST)11 Nov 2020
People’s faith in democracy defeated the fear of coronavirus pandemic: PM Modi

There was no untoward incident during or after the polling, it shows how well the officials have done their job, says PM Modi. He also said that there was a time when the elections in Bihar was all about booth-capturing. But it is not the case anymore, says PM Modi.

19:34 (IST)11 Nov 2020
PM Modi begins his address

I would like to thank the people of Bihar for celebrating this festival of democracy, says PM Modi

19:17 (IST)11 Nov 2020
PM Modi to address party workers shortly

Prime Minister Modi is all set to address the BJP workers at the party headquarters in New Delhi. Party president JP Nadda, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath have already reached the venue.

16:54 (IST)11 Nov 2020
PM Modi to participate in celebration at BJP headquarters

Delhi: Preparations are underway at the BJP headquarters, for the celebrations scheduled to take place later today following the victory of NDA in BiharElections2020. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part in the event. 

16:50 (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. (PTI)

15:56 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Bihar polls results due to Modi’s leadership, good governance of NDA: Sonowal

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday said that the NDA’s victory in just-concluded Bihar assembly elections was due to the charismatic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the good governance provided by the central and state governments. He said that the election results again proved that the people of India have full faith in the development programmes of the NDA despite negative campaigns by the opposition. “People of Bihar reposed faith in NDA. The excellent results came due to the charismatic leadership of Prime Minister Modi and the good governance provided by both central and state governments,” he said in a statement. (PTI)

15:55 (IST)11 Nov 2020
BJP workers in Jammu celebrate party’s victory in Bihar polls

The BJP’s victory in the Bihar assembly elections and bypolls have vindicated the policies of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government, Jammu and Kashmir party president Ravinder Raina said here on Wednesday. He also lashed out at the Congress and other opposition parties, terming them as “anti-national.” Accompanied by party workers and supporters, Raina along with MP Jugal Kishore Sharma danced to the tune of drums to celebrate the victory of the NDA alliance in Bihar and also in bypolls. The lotus (symbol of BJP) has bloomed again and the party registered a great win in Bihar polls. Along with victories in bypolls in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka where the BJP had made a clean sweep, the entire country has burst into celebrations ahead of Diwali, Raina told reporters. (PTI)

15:54 (IST)11 Nov 2020
BJP chief confirms Nitish Kumar as CM

Certainly, 100 per cent’, says Bihar BJP chief on whether Nitish Kumar will remain CM. NDA’s victory belies anti-incumbency claim; Rare for a govt to get fourth term in continuity, BJP’s Bihar chief Sanjay Jaiswal tells PTI.

14:00 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Manjhi attacks Chirag

“There’s a saying ‘don’t cut the branch which you sit on’. Same way, Chirag Paswan worked towards defeating the fold he was part of. Result is clear, the branch has been cut, but he also fell… ‘apne chirag se bhasm ho gaye hain vo’”, ANI quoted Jitan Ram Manjhi of Hindustani Awam Morcha (S) as saying. 

13:15 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Nitish Kumar pays floral tribute to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on his birth anniversary
12:36 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Sushil Modi: No confusion on Nitish as CM

“I thank the people of Bihar that they expressed their faith in NDA for the fourth time. It’s not ordinary. In Indian politics there are very few CMs whom people trusted for the fourth time. They have given a clear mandate to NDA, there is no confusion,” ANI quotes Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Modi as saying.

“In an alliance, not all parties win equal number of seats. Who won how many seats is irrelevant, people voted for NDA. BJP played a role in JD(U)’s victory & JD(U) played a role in BJP’s victory. JD(U), BJP, VIP and HAM worked together, then we registered this victory,” he adds.

12:30 (IST)11 Nov 2020
After Bihar poll boost, AIMIM plans to contest in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal – Owaisi

Buoyed by the results of Bihar assembly elections, the AIMIM which bagged five seats is now looking to spread its wings to states such as Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Addressing reporters here on Tuesday night, MIM’s president Asaduddin Owaisi said the party will fight for justice inthe northern state’s Seemanchal region. Reacting to allegations that his party was dividing anti-BJP votes, Owaisi said he was running a political party that has a right to contest on its own. “You mean we should not fight elections. You (Congress) went and sat in Shiv Sena’s lap (in Maharashtra). If anyone asks why did you fight the elections… I will fight in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and will fight every election in the country…

“Do I need to ask anyone’s permission to fight the polls,” he said when asked whether the party would contest in any other state. He however, did not clarify whether the party would contest on its own or in alliance with other parties. “AIMIM will fight in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Time only will tell with whom we will ally,” Owaisi added. (PTI)

11:45 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Shiv Sena takes ‘çredit’ for Nitish Kumar retaining CM post

Praising RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav for giving a “spirited fight” in the Bihar Assembly polls, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday needled the BJP saying that if Nitish Kumar retains the post of chief minister despite the JD(U) winning fewer seats, the credit should go to the Sena. It said that the BJP had promised that Nitish Kumar would be the next chief minister of Bihar even if his party bags less number of seats. The BJP had given a similar promise to the Sena during the 2019 Maharashra Assembly polls, but as that word was not kept, it led to a political drama in the state, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party said.

An editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said that JD(U) could not win even win 50 seats in the Bihar elections, while the BJP bagged 70 seats. “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. (PTI)

11:41 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Chirag Paswan: Bihar gave love to LJP

“Happy that Bihar gave love to LJP, around 25 Lakh voters trusted ‘Bihar First, Bihari First’ and we secured 6% votes while contesting alone. We were called ‘pichhlaggu party’ that can do something only with other’s support. We showed courage,” says LJP chief Chirag Paswan.

10:32 (IST)11 Nov 2020
PM Modi says NDA Govt to work with full dedication for balanced development of Bihar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asserted that every section of the society has expressed its faith in the alliance’s mantra of “with all, development for all, trust of all” and assured people that it will work with full dedication for balanced development of everybody and every region. Voters of Bihar have made it clear that their aspiration and priority are development alone, Modi said in a series of tweets, adding that the people’s blessings for the NDA’s good governance show what are the state’s dreams and expectations. (Read More)

10:28 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Goa BJP leaders express happiness over NDA’s Bihar performance

With the ruling NDA set to retain power in Bihar, BJP leaders in Goa, including Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar. Taking to Twitter, Sawant said the NDA registered a “great victory” in Bihar. “The people of Bihar have reposed their trust and faith in the strong and decisive leadership of Modi ji. The hardwork and dedication of BJP Karyakartas has borne fruit. I congratulate PM @narendramodi ji, @BJP4India President @jpnadda ji for the great victory of NDA in Bihar polls,” Sawant tweeted. (PTI)

10:07 (IST)11 Nov 2020
‘Bihar me Bahar hai’- BJP

“Bihar mein bahaar aayi, NDA ne kamaal kiya. The kind of trust Bihar & entire nation has in the leadership of PM Modi – people want progress of the country. They have rejected the kind of politics done by the Opposition parties,” says Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

00:32 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Poll tally @ 12:27 am

Is it heartbreak for Tejashwi Yadav? Looks like the Mahagathbandhan may not be able to end Nitish Kumar’s rule. The NDA has emerged as clear winner so far. As of the latest numbers, the NDA has won 105 seats while the Mahagathbandhan has managed to get 93 seats.

00:19 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Party begins on Twitter!

Led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP has gone into celebration mode. While the final results are still awaited, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah have started congratulating party workers for the stunning work during state elections. 

23:32 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Final verdict after midnight?

Latest media reports suggest that the Election Commission is likely to address media at 1 am. 

22:46 (IST)10 Nov 2020
LJP’s dismal show!

Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party wins one seat in Bihar, reports ANI.

22:24 (IST)10 Nov 2020
EC tally at 10:20 pm

The Election Commission has declared the results of 159 seats. The RJD has scored a half-century in the poll thriller. The BJP is at a distant second with win on 46 seats.  

21:58 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Shooting for glory!

Ace shooter Shreyasi Singh, making her debut as BJP candidate from Jamui, defeats sitting RJD MLA Vijay Prakash by more than 40,000 votes, says EC.

21:44 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Bihar results show wrong to write-off the Left: Sitaram Yechury

The BJP has scored high in terms of winning percentage in the Bihar assembly polls, while its partner JD(U) has performed relatively poorly. With the three Left parties bagging seven seats and leading in 10 others in Bihar, 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 in the elections. As of 9 pm on Tuesday evening, the CPI(ML) won six of the 19 seats they fought on and was leading in six, the CPI(M), which competed on four seats, won one and was leading in two others, and the CPI, which contested on six seats, won one and was leading in two. p, the Left front has outscored its partners with a much better strike rate.

21:34 (IST)10 Nov 2020
BJP leads in tight race

According to the Election Commission data, the BJP has won 32 seats so far. The RJD is also catching up with victories on 31 seats. The results of 106 constituencies have been declared as of now.

21:25 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Bihar polls strike rate: BJP, Left score big; JD(U), Congress far behind

The BJP has scored high in terms of winning percentage in the Bihar assembly polls, while its partner JD(U) has performed relatively poorly. In the opposition camp, the Left front has outscored its partners with a much better strike rate.

21:24 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Jitan Ram Manjhi wins from Imamganj seat

Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) president Jitan Ram Manjhi won Imamganj seat by a margin of 16,034 votes, Election Commission sources said Tuesday. Manjhi defeated his nearest RJD rival Uday Narayan Chaudhary. This is second consecutive win of Manjhi from the Imamganj (reserved SC) seat in Gaya district.

20:50 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Tally at 8:45 pm

The Election Commission has declared results on more than 80 seats so far. The BJP has won 23 seats and is leading on 50 constituencies. On the other hand, the RJD has won 23 seats and leading on 51 seats as of now. 

20:28 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Good news for RJD! Tej Pratap wins from Hasanpur

The Elections Commission says that Tej Pratap Yadav has won from Hasanpur by 21,139 votes. 

20:15 (IST)10 Nov 2020
RJD’s sensational allegations against Nitish Kumar administration

The RJD has levelled serious charges against the Nitish Kumar administration. In a tweet, the party claimed that the state government is delaying the results on some seats. The RJD alleges that the NDA government calling up the DMs and the returning officers and asking them to not report the results accurately or timely. The party has not provided any proof of the allegation.

19:44 (IST)10 Nov 2020
What Next? Amit Shah, Nitish Kumar discuss over phone

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has spoken with Nitish Kumar about future prospects as the latest trends show a slim lead for the NDA. While it is still not clear what exactly transpired, sources say that the timing of the phone call is very crucial. 

18:54 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Bihar Election Results 2020 Live: AIMIM leading in 5 seats, LJP seen spoiling BJP-JDU game

Bihar Election Results 2020 Live: At 6.52 pm, NDA is leading on 119 seats and Grand Alliance on 116. AIMIM has one five seats, while LJP has played spoilsport for BJP-JDU.

18:25 (IST)10 Nov 2020
EC update: 4858 rounds of counting of 7737 completed

As far as Bihar is concerned, on the whole 7737 scheduled rounds were there, of which 4858 have been completed. 119 constituencies have done more than half of the work which was there for counting said Deputy Election Commissioner, Ashish Kundra.

The emphasis of EC is that procedures and guidelines relating to counting and COVID are to be sincerely followed. EC has directed that officials need not be in haste or hurry to declare results, they should take as much time as naturally required, said Secy-Gen, Election Commission.

17:33 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Bihar Assembly Elections Result 2020: Why final results will be delayed this time

Initial trends suggest that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to become the single largest party in Bihar for the first time. But despite elaborate arrangements made by the Election Commission for the counting of votes for the 243-seat Bihar Assembly elections, the final results are likely to be delayed. The poll panel has announced that the final tally will be delayed as the counting of votes will continue till late in the night. Read full story

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First published on: 10-11-2020 at 05:00 IST