Bihar Elections: Latest Trends Show Narrowing Margins Between RJD And BJP

While CM Nitish Kumar led JD(U) is faring poorly compared to the RJD and BJP, the latest trends show that RJD face Tejashwi Prasad’s chief ministerial race wont be as easy as predicted by early polls

Raghav N

November 10, 2020

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The Bihar Legislative Assembly Elections’ counting began today morning and two parties that seem to be at the forefront are the Tejashwi Prasad Yadav led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). At a 20 versus 20 ratio, the two parties are fighting an edgy battle against each other.

Looking at the competition between incumbent Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) and RJD, the latter is leading with 36 seats, while the JD(U) has scored only 11 seats till now.

Tejashwi Yadav’s party is clearly faring the best in the strongholds with seven out of nine in its favour, compared to its rival political outfits.

The JD(U) in its strongholds is shockingly trailing on 19 of its 36 leads to RJD, three to the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), while holding only 13-14 of the entire list.  The BJP on that note is not faring too badly with it holding on to at least 14 of its 26 strongholds. Congress is also said to be sturdy in its two main strongholds. What seems apparent from these numbers is a common dissent against the Nitish Kumar led JD(U) party, while the others are coping fine.

As the vote counting is expected to run late into the evening, the trends that initially showed a clear victory for the RJD-Congress and left parties’ Mahagathbandhan alliance is now becoming narrower with the NDA also inching closer to their competitors.

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