Bihar Elections: RJD now single-largest party, but NDA leads

Most exit polls had predicted a rout for the NDA and a victory for Tejashwi-led Mahagathbandhan

With a staggering 303 seats in the Lok Sabha, the BJP does not need allies to survive. Yet it needs pliant partners to assert its all-India presence, especially in South, despite its fragile conquest of Karnataka.

The counting of votes polled in Bihar assembly elections may run into late evening and the result can be expected only by late night, the Election Commission has said while the early trends have predicted an NDA victory but with RJD emerging the likely single-largest party. Counting is underway in 55 centres across 38 districts and latest trends suggest the Nitish Kumar-led NDA, comprising of JD(U), BJP and smaller allies, is leading in 124 seats against 111 of Tejashwi Yadav-led Mahagathbandhan (RJD, Congress and Left parties). The trends are contradictory to what the exit polls had a suggested: A RJD+ edge over the NDA. The elections were held in three phases with 3,558 candidates in the fray for the 243 seats.

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