As voting continues in Bihar General Election for the 243 seats, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance is currently leading in 123 constituencies. The Rashtriya Janata Dal-led Mahagathbandhan alliance is still fighting it out with 106 seats, while the others have a stake on 13 seats.
With the current counting, BJP is at the lead in 71 seats, and RJD closely follows up with 70. While Congress is trailing with only 23 seats while JDU is also falling behind with only 49. The Left parties, however, are doing well, while staying strong in the 12 seats. The NDA might be leading, but the results are too early and too small a margin to determine who might emerge the winner. Most Exit Polls surveys have called the election in favour of the Mahagathbandhan, with almost all of them saying that they would win by a large margin.
The Grand Alliance had emerged victorious in the last election as well, but at that time, the Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) had been with the RJD. The former would later turn on the latter and join BJP to form a government in 2017.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh will determine the winner of the 28-seat by-poll election, where the fates of many are at risk. Jyotiraditya Scindia will have to deliver Gwalior’s 16 seats to BJP if he has to have any future in the party. The by-poll was initiated after 25 Congress members, including Jyotiraditya Scindia, quit the party to join BJP. While there is a tough battle ahead, the BJP only needs eight seats to gain the majority and anything higher than that will cement their power. While Exit Polls call the election in favour of BJP, some claim that the Congress will also retain their seats. Currently, the BJP is leading at 17 seats, and Congress is leading at eight seats.
Will update as more information come in.