Highest ever turnout in Bihar; Close fight but Nitish has the edge
New Delhi: The bitterly
contested Bihar assembly elections ended Thursday with a record turnout of 57
per cent over five phases and exit polls predicted a photo-finish Sunday but
one projected a sweep by the BJP-led NDA.
Most of the exit polls
at the conclusion of voting in the Bihar assembly elections on Thursday
predicted that the Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance will win, while some
forecast victory for the BJP-led grouping.
While the broad trends
from various exit polls forecast a close fight, Today's Chanakya on News 24
channel gave the BJP-led alliance a strong majority with 155 seats (plus minus
11 seats) and the rival JDU-led alliance 80 (plus minus 9). "Others"
were predicted to get five seats (plus minus 3).
Polls on Times Now in
association with C-Voter predicted 122 seats in a house of 243 to the grand
alliance while News X predicted 130 to 140 seats for it. The two channels gave
the BJP-led alliance 111 and 90 to 100 seats respectively.
India Today-Cicero poll
predicted 113 to 127 seats for the NDA comprising BJP, LJP, HAM (Secular) and
RLSP and 111 to 123 for the JDU-led alliance.
Hindi channel India TV
forecast 112 to 132 seats for the JD-U led alliance and 101 to 121 for the NDA.
The Nitish Kumar-led
alliance was predicted to get a simple majority of 120 to 124 by the News
Nation channel, which predicted 115 to 119 seats for the rival alliance.
predicted 130 seats for the JD(U)-led alliance against 108 for BJP-headed
grouping. 'Others' have been given 5 seats.
In the outgoing
assembly, the JDU and BJP had contested elections and together and won a massive
majority. The JDU had won 115 seats and BJP 91. The RJD had won 22 and Congress
04 when they contested on their own.
The JDU-BJP alliance
broke in 2013 after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced that his party was
walking out of NDA over the BJP's decision to anoint Narendra Modi as the chief
of BJP's campaign committee for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
In the Parliament
elections, the BJP won 22 of the 40 seats and its allies won nine. RJD and JDU
had fought separately and won four and two seats respectively. Congress, which
contested in alliance with RJD, had also won two seats while NCP one. (With
inputs from agencies)