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10 November, 2020

New Delhi: The ruling NDA maintained a small but significant lead over the Tejashwi Yadav-led Opposition’s Mahagathbandan as the Bihar assembly election results were tallied through Tuesday. While counting of votes continued late into the night, the NDA managed to tide over the early surge the Grand Alliance registered.

Further, the BJP recorded a higher seat share than CM Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), eclipsing its regional alliance partner.

In the Mahagathbandhan, the Congress weighed down the alliance while Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) had the highest votes for a single party.

Here are the updates:

1:15 am: Deputy Election Commissioner Chandrabhushan Kumar says counting in 20 constituencies is left, and adds that the exercise will likely be completed in an hour

1:02 am: EC declares 225 seats in the 243-seat assembly — RJD is single largest party with 70 seats, BJP comes next at 66, followed by JD(U) with 40, Congress with 18, Left parties together win 15, VIP with 4 seats, AIMIM with 5, HAM with 4, BSP and LJP with 1 each. One Independent also wins a seat.

Tally puts NDA in the lead with 114 seats while the opposition Mahagathbandhan trails at 103

11:59 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets on Bihar election. Says the poor have delivered their verdict through the result. Every single voter has made their aspirations clear — that the new decade will be of Bihar and self-reliance will be its roadmap.

11:55 pm: Home Minister and former BJP president Amit Shah says party’s performance in the state is a victory of the dreams of every Bihari.

11:50 pm: BJP president J.P. Nadda tells PTI, “People of Bihar stamped their approval on welfare policies of Modi govt and work done by Nitish Kumar-led NDA govt.”

11:45 pm: EC declares 193 seats in the 243-seat assembly — RJD is single largest party with 62 seats, BJP comes next at 55, followed by JD(U) with 33, Congress with 16, Left parties together win 13, VIP with 4 seats, AIMIM with 4, HAM with 3, BSP and LJP with 1 each. One Independent also wins a seat.

Tally puts NDA in the lead with 95 seats while the opposition Mahagathbandhan trails at 91

11:37 pm: Trends show that NDA surpasses the halfway mark of 122 seats and looks set to return to power, bucking the anti-incumbency wave

Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

11:33 pm: Recounting of votes in some constituencies to continue overnight

11:30 pm: ‘Vote-cutter’ Chirag Paswan lives up to his name as his Lok Janshakti Party eats into the JD(U) votes in nearly 40 seats. Read the report by ThePrint’s Moushumi Das Gupta here

11:10 pm: Mahagathbandhan’s chief ministerial candidate, Tejashwi Yadav leads with 22,733 votes in Raghopur.

11:00 pm: EC declares 179 seats in the 243-seat assembly — RJD is single largest party with 60 seats, BJP comes next at 49, followed by JD(U) with 31, Congress with 13, Left parties together win 12, VIP with 4 seats, AIMIM with 4, HAM with 3, BSP and LJP with 1 each. One Independent also wins a seat.

Tally puts NDA in the lead with 87 seats while the opposition Mahagathbandhan trails at 85

10:47 pm: NDA won because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership and its pro-poor policies, BJP’s Bihar chief Sanjay Jaiswal tells PTI.

10:46 pm: BJP’s Bihar chief Sanjay Jaiswal tells PTI that NDA is set to form government in the state as it has won 121 seats and is leading in 4.

10:30 pm: In today’s Cut The Clutter, ThePrint’s Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta looks at six key takeaways from the Bihar election — from the emergence of Tejashwi Yadav, Narendra Modi’s resilience, to the limitations of Congress as an ally and the rise of a new Left. Watch here:

10:17 pm: A final press conference could happen at midnight, EC says, adding that the poll body never works under pressure from anyone

10:16 pm: Results in 146 seats been declared as per ECI as of 10 pm, says EC secretary general. On RJD allegations that 119 of their candidates had already won, EC says the information on the official website is what is authentic

10:10 pm: Ashish Kundra, deputy election commissioner, refutes allegations of any impropriety in counting of votes, and adds that ballots are being verified according to their guidelines

10:07 pm: Umesh Sinha, EC secretary general, says counting in its final stages

10:05 pm: Election Commission begins addressing a press conference on the counting of Bihar assembly election votes. This is the third presser the election body has held today

10:00 pm: What the trends show

Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

9:57 pm: Declared seats tally goes up to 142 — RJD wins most seats so far at 45, BJP comes next at 39, followed by JD(U) with 27, Congress with 8, Left parties together win 12, VIP with 4 seats, AIMIM with 3, HAM with 2, and BSP with 1. One Independent also wins a seat

9:37 pm: Watch ThePrint’s Political Editor D.K. Singh, Senior Assistant Editor Shanker Arnimesh and Senior Associate Editor Neelam Pandey discuss: Will Nitish Kumar be the winner even if he returns?

9:30 pm: 137 seats yet to be declared by the Election Commission. CNN-News18 reports that 92 per cent of votes have been counted, says NDA leads in 125 seats while Mahagathbandhan leads in 110

9:05 pm: Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM leads in three of the five seats it has contested, while it has won two already. Speaking to reporters, Owaisi says, “It’s a great moment for us as people of Bihar have honoured us with so many votes. Our leaders & workers have put a lot of efforts into strengthening our party in Bihar. We will try our best to fulfil the promises made by us.”

9:00 pm: Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) president Jitan Ram Manjhi wins Imamganj seat by a margin of 16,034 votes, defeats RJD rival Uday Narayan Chaudhary. This is second consecutive win for the former Bihar CM from the Imamganj seat in Gaya district. HAM is a partner of the ruling NDA

8:48 pm: What the current trends look like

Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

8:40 pm: Of the Congress, which has won only 7 of the 70 seats it has contested, is dragging down the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan with its poor strike rate of 28%. ThePrint’s Fatima Khan reports. Read here

8:33 pm: Election Commission declares 77 seats, of which BJP has won 23, RJD has 21, JD(U) 14, Congress and the Left parties have won 7 each, and the VIP and AIMIM have won 2 each

7:50 pm: RJD’s Tej Pratap Yadav beats JD(U)’s Hasanpur MLA Raj Kumar Ray by a margin of 21,139 votes. Ray had won the seat in 2015

7:22 pm: While Bihar remains a nailbiter, the BJP consolidated its lead in bypolls that were held in 11 states, including Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Telangana, Manipur, Karnataka, and Madhya Pradesh. The party is ahead of rivals in 40 of 58 seats. Read here

7:15 pm: BJP leaders Bhupender Yadav, Nityanand Rai and Sanjay Jaiswal met Sushil Modi at his residence in Patna. Sushil Modi is now likely to meet Nitish Kumar

7:12 pm: EC has declared results for 31/243 seats so far. BJP wins 10, is leading in 62; JD(U) wins 6, is leading in 34; RJD wins 8, is leading in 69; and Congress wins 2, is leading in 18

6:52 pm: Who is winning/who is trailing

Shreyasi Singh (BJP) — Leading in Jamui seat

Abidur Rahman (Congress) — Leading in Araria seat

Tej Pratap Yadav (RJD) — Leading in Hasanpur seat

Jitan Ram Manjhi (HAM) — Leading in Imamganj seat

Maskoor Ahmad Usmani (Congress)— Trailing in Jale seat

6:40 pm: Chandrika Rai, father-in-law of RJD’s Tej Pratap Yadav & JD(U) candidate from Parsa loses to RJD’s Chhote Lal Ray, reports news agency ANI

6:16pm: Election Commission trends:

Party Wins Leads
BJP 6 67
JD(U) 2 41
RJD 3 71
Congress 1 19

6:12 pm: Results may come late tonight. Counting process is continuing with Covid norms in place, says Umesh Sinha, Deputy Election Commissioner

5:52 pm: According to our real-time data, we are still ahead in 84 seats, tweets RJD

5:47 pm: Bihar is going to get its own government and nobody can stop it. I request Chief Minister whose exit is confirmed, to stop calling returning officers to slow down the counting of votes. He can only delay his defeat: news agency ANI quotes RJD MP Manoj Jha as saying

5:41pm: BJP has now won 4 seats, RJD and JD(U) have won 2 each, Congress and Vikassheel Insaan Party have won 1 each

5:28 pm: BJP has now won 3 seats and is leading in 73, JD(U) has won 2 seats and is leading in 42, RJD has also won 2 seats and is leading in 67, Congress has won 1 seat and is leading in 18, according to the EC

5:24 pm: “We will have to wait till evening to get a clear picture,” says Congress spokesperson Shama Mohamed

5:19 pm: BJP’s tact of using (Asaduddin) Owaisi’s party in Bihar election has succeeded to an extent. All secular parties should be alert about ‘vote-cutter’ Owaisi, says Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

5:05 pm: BJP workers gather at the party headquarters in Delhi

4:57 pm: Results have been declared for 8 seats so far — BJP, JD(U), RJD win 2 each; Congress, Vikassheel Insaan Party win 1 each

4:47 pm: BJP wins Hayaghat seat, according to EC

4:33 pm: JD(U) has won two seats so far — Kusheshwar Asthan and Sakra — and is leading in 41, according to EC

4:20 pm: BJP is currently leading in 74 seats, JD(U) in 44, RJD in 70, Congress in 20, LJP in 2, reports CNN-News18

4:05 pm: Is PM Modi looming large over the Bihar poll? Watch ThePrint’s National and Strategic Affairs Editor Jyoti Malhotra in conversation with former JD(U) MP Pavan Varma and Associate Prof, Ashoka University, Gilles Verniers

3:51 pm: RJD’s Lalit Yadav wins Darbhanga Rural by 2,141 votes, according to EC updates

3:40 pm: RJD asks its candidates and counting agents to remain in the counting hall till all votes are tallied

3:20 pm: Trends indicate that LJP has hurt JD(U) in over two dozen seats. Chirag Paswan fielded candidates for 137 seats, of which 110 are being contested by JD(U)

3:18 pm: Incumbent Kishanganj MLA, AIMIM’s Qamrul Hoda trails behind Congress candidate Ijaharul Husain

CPI(ML) leads in 12 of the 19 seats it fielded candidates for, according to EC website. CPI(ML) is an alliance partner of the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan

3:15 pm: Watch ThePrint’s National Affairs Editor Jyoti Malhotra discuss the election trends with C-Voter founder, Yashwant Deshmukh, and former Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha:

3:06 pm: Where Election Commission trends stand at 3pm

NDA leads in 128 seats — BJP leads in 73, JD(U) in 49, VIP in 5, HAM in 1

Mahagathbandhan leads in 105 seats — RJD leads in 67, Congress in 20, Left parties in 18

Other parties — BSP, AIMIM and LJP lead in 2 seats each, while Independents lead in 4.

EC trends


3:02 pm: Chandrika Rai, Tej Pratap Singh’s ex-father-in-law and one of the turncoats who left the RJD to join JD(U), trails behind Chhote Lal Ray in Parsa. Ray is contesting on a RJD ticket

3:00 pm: Members of the BJP Mahila Morcha celebrate the party’s lead in the Bihar assembly election results

2:57 pm: BJP’s B.L. Santhosh takes a dig at Congress, that is currently leading in 20 of the 70 seats it has contested in Bihar:

2:54 pm: JD(U)’s Poonam Devi Yadav is leading in Khagaria constituency, from where PM Narendra Modi launched the ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’ in June to provide jobs to the hundreds of migrant workers who returned home during the nationwide lockdown

2:42 pm: RJD MP Manoj Jha claims “change is inevitable” and Mahagathbandhan is going to form the government. He says channels are not showing real time data, and that the RJD is leading in 86 seats

2:40 pm: BJP candidate and Indian shooter Shreyasi Singh, daughter of late Union minister Digvijay Singh, is leading from Jamui

2:35pm: Veteran politician Sharad Yadav’s daughter Subhashini, who is contesting on a Congress ticket, is trailing from Bihariganj


2:28 pm: Bihar BJP president Sanjay Jaiswal to address press conference at 7 pm

2:26 pm: Senior RJD leader and former state finance minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui loses Keoti assembly seat in Darbhanga

2:23 pm: Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi, who heads the HAM, is leading from Imamganj seat. Manjhi’s party rejoined the NDA a month before the elections

2:17 pm: Two of the smaller NDA allies are leading in 6 of the 18 seats — Mukesh Sahani’s Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) is leading in 5 of the 11 seats and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) is leading in 1 of the 7 seats

2:00 pm: Tejashwi Yadav’s gambit of allying with the Left, including the CPI, the CPM and the CPI (ML) has worked as the three Left parties are leading in 19 of the 29 seats they contested as part of the opposition alliance, early trends suggest

1:54 pm: Congress has been a drag on the opposition alliance in Bihar, with the party leading in just 20 out of the 70 seats it contested, trends suggest

1:53 pm: Trends show that the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) has damaged Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) in over two dozen seats. Paswan had fielded candidates on 137 seats, 110 of which were being contested by the JD(U)

1:41 pm: After 10 rounds of counting, BJP is leading in 73 seats, JD(U) in 48, RJD in 65, Congress in 20 and LJP in 2, reports CNN-News18

1:32 pm: We did not increase the number of counting tables because we need to have necessary infrastructure and security for counting. So we stuck to the traditional norm of 14 counting tables per round, Bihar state election commissioner says

1:31 pm: Is BJP breaching JD(U) bastion in Bihar? ThePrint’s Neelam Pandey and Fatima Khan discuss. Watch here:

1:17 pm: EC officials say there will be delay in counting due to increase in number of polling stations. Counting could go on till late tonight

1:04 pm: Congress candidate and Shatrughan Sinha’s son Luv Sinha says, “If the NDA can’t win by honest means, then they have no shame in doing whatever it takes to form the government.”

12:50 pm: JD(U) state president Vashishtha Narayan Singh says NDA will form government under Nitish Kumar. “I have been saying this for a long time that the NDA will form the government under the leadership of CM Nitish Kumar. The opposition ran a misleading campaign with several allurements to woo voters,” Singh told reporters

12:40pm: The NDA is now leading in 127 seats and the Mahagathbandhan in 102. BJP is ahead in 70 seats, JDU in 50, RJD in 60, Congress in 22 and LJP in 2, reports CNN-IBN

12:34 pm: Watch ThePrint’s Senior Associate Editor Neelam Pandey and Senior Assistant Editor Shanker Arnimesh discuss the latest on Bihar election trends

12:30 pm: JD(U) ex-minister Manju Varma trails in Begusarai

Former Bihar minister, the JD(U)’s Manju Varma, who had to resign over Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, is trailing against RJD’s Raj Vanshi Mahto, in Begusarai, by over 6,000 votes

12:24 pm: NDA is now leading in 128 seats, Mahagathbandhan in 100, reports CNN-News18

12:20 pm: Senior BJP leaders ThePrint spoke to say they are confident they will form the government in Bihar

12:10 pm: BJP workers and supporters gather outside party office in Patna as leads show NDA crossing half-way mark

12:05 pm: So far, 5 rounds of counting have been completed and 50 lakh votes counted. Twenty more rounds are still left

12:01 pm: BJP is now leading in 67 seats, JD(U) in 49, RJD in 63, Congress in 26 and LJP in 2, reports CNN-News18

11:55 am: Bihar minister and BJP leader Vinod Narayan Jha leads by 6,000 votes in Benipatti seat, reports PTI

11:50 am: Who is Pushpam Priya Choudhary? The LSE alumnus is trailing behind BJP’s Nitin Navin in Bankipore. Read Revathi Krishnan’s report about the Plurals Party candidate contesting from Bankipore

11:48 am: NDA is now leading in 124 seats and Mahagathbandhan in 106, and LJP in 3, reports CNN-News18

11:42 am: Will it be advantage Nitish Kumar or Tejashwi Yadav? Watch ThePrint’s Political Editor D.K. Singh and Senior Associate Editor Neelam Pandey discuss Bihar election trends

11:34 am: Bihar Assembly speaker and JD(U) leader Vijay Kumar Chaudhary trailing by 230 votes in Sarairanjan seat, reports news agency PTI

11:30 am: AIMIM Bihar chief Akhtarul Iman is leading in Amour

11:20 am: According to the Election Commission trends, BJP’s vote share is 20.4%, JD(U)’s 15.3%, RJD’s 23% and Congress’ 9.2%

11:19 am: Tej Pratap Yadav is now leading in Hasanpur constituency

11:12 am: NDA is leading in 121 seats, reports CNN-News18. Mahagathbandhan is leading in 112 seats

11:06 am: Congress candidate Luv Sinha trailing in Bankipore, according to Election Commission trends

11:00 am: Trends show NDA leading in 121 seats, Mahagathbandhan in 113, reports CNN-News18

Bihar polls

10:44 am: NDA surges ahead, is now leading in 125 seats while Mahagathbandhan is ahead in 109, reports CNN-News18

10:40 am: Nitish Kumar is eyeing a fourth term as Bihar chief minister. With the trends indicating a neck-and-neck contest, ThePrint’s Kairvy Grewal tells you who longest-serving Bihar CM has been

Watch on our Instagram page:

10:30 am: EC trends for 189 of 243 seats: NDA leading in 97 seats – BJP in 53, JD(U) in 39, Vikassheel Insaan Party in 5

Mahagathbandhan ahead in 82 seats – RJD in 54, Congress in 14, Left in 14

10:24 am: RJD leader and Mahagathbandhan’s chief ministerial candidate Tejashwi Yadav leading in Raghopur

10:20 am: Election Commission trends at 10:19am show BJP leading in 42 seats, JD(U) in 34, RJD in 51, Congress in 13 and LJP in 2 seats

10:18 am: NDA is now leading in 112 seats and Mahagathbandhan in 109

10:16 am: RJD’s Tej Pratap Yadav is trailing in Hasanpur

10:02 am: HAM leader Jitan Ram Manjhi is trailing in Imamganj seat

10:00 am: NDA is now leading in 106 seats and Mahagathbandhan in 107 seats

9:58 am: JD(U) leader K.C. Tyagi concedes defeat on TV, says we are losing due to the impact of Covid. Tyagi also says ‘Brand Nitish’ remains intact

09:48 am: BJP’s Jamui candidate Shreyasi Singh leads over RJD’s Vijay Prakash by 1,323 votes in early trends

09:42 am: BJP is now leading in 56 seats. JD(U) is ahead in 45, RJD in 64 and Congress in 26

09:41 am: RJD’s Tej Pratap is leading from Hasanpur in Samastipur district according to  initial trends. He’s pitted against JDU’s Raj Kumar and LJP’s Manish Kumar

09:35 am: Mahagathbandhan inches ahead of NDA, is leading in 101 seats

09:27 am: NDA is now leading in 98 seats and Mahagathbandhan in 93

09:25 am: Rajendra Singh, who defected from the BJP to LJP, is leading from Dinara seat.

09:20 am: Congress’ Maskoor Usmani, former Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union president, is trailing from Jale seat

09:15am: Trends at 9:15am

Bihar election early trends

09:14 am: Trends show BJP is leading in 49 seats, JD(U) in 39 seats, RJD in 55, Congress in 17 and LJP in 2 seats

09:05 am: NDA is leading in 76 seats and Mahagathbandhan in 77 seats

09:02 am: Shatrughan Sinha’s son Luv Sinha, who is fighting on a Congress ticket from Bankipore assembly seat in Patna, is leading in initial trend. Bankipore constituency is a BJP citadel

08:57 am: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav’s supporters outside his residence

08:50 am: Initial trends show JD(U) is leading in 28 seats, while the BJP is leading in 34 seats. The NDA alliance is leading in 62 seats

08:41 am: NDA is now leading in 49 seats while the Mahagathbandhan is leading in 51, reports CNN-News18

08:35 am: Tejashwi Yadav-led Mahagathbandhan has taken a slim lead. NDA is now leading in 30 seats and Mahagathbandhan (MGB) in 32 seats

08:29 am: BJP is now leading in 15 seats, JD(U)in 9 seats, RJD in 16 and Congress in 3, show early trends

08:25 am: Counting of votes underway at Anugrah Narayan College in Patna

08:17 am: Early leads show NDA ahead in 13, Mahagathbandhan in 9, reports CNN-News18

08:12 am: First leads in from Magadh, NDA leads in 2 seats, Mahagathbandhan in 1, reports CNN-News18

08:00am: Counting of votes begins across 55 centres in 38 districts

7:50am: Strong room established at Anugrah Narayan College being opened, as counting of votes for Bihar Assembly election begins shortly.

07:45 am: Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Bihar, HR Srinivas said polling stations have increased by almost 45 per cent, so the declaration of Bihar results may take more time in comparison to pre-Covid era elections

07:35 am: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is hoping for a comeback even though a number of exit polls have given Bihar’s opposition coalition the lead to form the government. ThePrint’s Neelam Pandey reports:

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