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Bihar Election 2020 Results Highlights: PM Modi credits good governance behind BJP's Bihar success

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Bihar Election Results: A stellar performance by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) enabled the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to attain a simple majority in the Bihar assembly notwithstanding a sharp fall in the tally of the Janata Dal (United) headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, according to final results announced early Wednesday. The saffron party, which had contested 110 seats, won 72 and was leading in another two while the JD(U) which fought 115, won only 42 and was ahead in another. With four seats each won by junior allies HAM and VIP, the NDA is poised to have 125 seats in its kitty, three more than the number required for a simple majority. The opposition Mahagathbandhan fell way short of the magic mark. The total number of seats won by all its five constituents stood at 110. Nonetheless, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) emerged as the single largest party in the assembly bagging 75 seats.

Bihar Election 2020 Results Highlights: PM Modi credits good governance behind BJP's Bihar success
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  • Bihar Election Result 2020 LIVE Updates: Mehbooba congratulates Tejashwi for RJD's poll show in Bihar

    PDP president Mehbooba Mufti congratulated RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday on his party's performance in the Bihar Assembly election, saying he set the agenda on real issues in the polls as opposed to "divisive" politics. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has emerged as the single-largest party in the 243member Bihar Assembly with 75 seats, but the opposition Grand Alliance, also comprising the Congress and the Left parties, has fallen short of the majority mark.

  • Bihar Election Result 2020 LIVE Updates: People have rejected religious agenda in Bihar: Ambedkar

    Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) leader Prakash Ambedkar on Wednesday said ballot papers should be used in elections as people have "no faith" in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). He also hailed RJD's Tejashwi Yadav for putting up a "good fight" in the recently-held Bihar elections, results of which were announced on Tuesday.

  • Bihar Election Result 2020 LIVE Updates: Nadda credits Modi for NDA's Bihar victory

    Crediting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership and handling of the COVID19 pandemic for the NDA's victory in Bihar, BJP president J P Nadda on Wednesday said people of the state have chosen 'vikas raaj' (rule of development) over an atmosphere of crime and anarchy. Thanking the people for his party's victory in Bihar assembly polls and by-polls in various states, Nadda said this was India's first big elections after the world was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Bihar Election Result 2020 LIVE Updates: PM Modi says (latest on top)

    - Our mantra is vocal for local
    - Silent voters' BJP has got are women across all rural and urban regions
    - These results have inspired us to work more 
    - BJP only national party in which poor, dalits, deprived see their representation; only BJP understands need of every section, region
    - India's response to COVID-19 was the best. The Bihar election is a testimony of that.
    - People have decided that development alone will be basis of national politics in 21st century

  • Bihar Election Result 2020 LIVE Updates: PM Modi credits good governance behind BJP's Bihar success

    PM Narendra Modi is addressing BJP workers after the party's superb performance in the Bihar elections. He has credited good governance by the BJP-JDU government in the state for the successful outcome

  • Bihar Election Result 2020 LIVE Updates: PM Modi to address BJP party workers after big win in Bihar

    BJP workers held massive victory celebrations at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi, following the NDA's victory in the 2020 Bihar elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address party workers on the win. Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President JP Nadda have reached the party headquarters.

  • Bihar Election Result 2020 LIVE Updates: Left parties claim irregularities in final stages of vote counting in Bihar

    The Left parties alleged on Wednesday that there were "irregularities" during the final stages of counting of votes in the Bihar Assembly polls on Tuesday and said the issue will be raised with the Election Commission (EC) soon. The three Left parties -- Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) -- won an impressive 16 of the 29 seats they contested in the Bihar polls. "The Left parties are of the opinion that there were certain clear irregularities during the last stages of the counting that need to be seriously addressed by the Election Commission. Along with other partners of the Mahagathbandhan, the Left parties will take up these matters with the Election Commission of India," the three parties said in a joint statement. Of the 16 seats, the CPI-ML (Liberation) won 12, while the CPI and the CPI(M) won two each. The parties thanked the voters of Bihar for their support to the Mahagathbandhan. "This included the candidates of the Left parties, which contributed to the Mahagathbandhan putting up a spirited contest in the election against the ruling BJP-JD(U) and its government.

  • Bihar Election Result 2020 LIVE Updates: Dalai Lama congratulates Nitish Kumar on winning state polls

    The Dalai Lama on Wednesday congratulated Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) winning the state assembly elections. In a letter addressed to the Janata Dal (United) chief, the Tibetan spiritual leader prayed for Kumar to be successful in meeting whatever challenges lie ahead in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people of Bihar. I deeply appreciate your friendship, as well as the hospitality you have shown me during my visits to Bihar, especially to Bodh Gaya, which have been quite regular in recent years, he said. The Dalai Lama further said, I would also like to thank you for your support and encouragement of my efforts to promote a revival of interest in ancient Indian thought so vividly expressed in the historic Nalanda Tradition, which is like the sun shining in the East." "As you know, India's longstanding philosophy of karuna and the conduct that flows from it, ahimsa, sets an example to the rest of the world," he added.

  • Bihar Election Result 2020 LIVE Updates: LJP cheated NDA; Modi biggest reason for our Bihar victory: Bhupender Yadav

    A day after the BJP-JD(U) alliance won assembly polls in Bihar, the BJP's general secretary and the state in-charge Bhupender Yadav on Wednesday said the NDA was cheated by its former member LJP of Chirag Paswan in the elections and the confusion created by them caused some losses. In an interview with PTI, Yadav also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership and credibility were the biggest factors behind the NDA's victory in the polls, while guidance of senior union Minister Amit Shah and on-ground presence of the party president JP Nadda also made a significant contribution. Taking on Lok Janshakti Party, Yadav said the party has lost its credibility and there are question marks about its politics. "LJP has chosen its own path and in a way, it cheated the NDA. People of Bihar have conveyed to them their importance in the state politics," he said. Despite all this confusion, the people of Bihar reposed their faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership and his credibility and it is the big achievement that the NDA won for the fourth time in the state. "Modiji's leadership and his credibility was the single biggest reason for NDA's victory in the state," he said.

  • Bihar Election Result 2020 LIVE Updates: Tejashwi Yadav is 'man of the match', says Maharashtra Minister Sanjay Raut

    Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Wednesday praised RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, saying that he has emerged as the "man of the match" in the Bihar Assembly elections and will play a "pivotal role" in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. Talking to reporters, Raut expressed doubts over the stability of the next NDA government in Bihar. In the 243-member House, the BJP-JD(U) alliance has won 125 seats, where the simple majority mark is 123, while the opposition grand alliance has bagged 110 seats, he said. "The majority is very thin and anything can happen. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's party- JD(U) finished third and if anyone is celebrating the win, it's a joke. The BJP has done well, for which it had to do a lot of political strategising," he said. "Chirag Paswan's LJP ensured the defeat of 20 JD(U) candidates and Paswan is still in the NDA. This is a serious issue," Raut said. "Nobody can vouch for the stability of the new government...I have heard that as the BJP wanted to clip Nitish Kumar's wings, it pitted Chirag Paswan against him," he alleged. Raut said that even if Tejashwi Yadav could not become the chief minister, he has emerged as the man of the match.

  • Bihar Election Result 2020 LIVE Updates: Victory belies anti-incumbency claims in Bihar; Nitish to remain CM, says BJP Bihar president

    Bihar BJP president Sanjay Jaiswal on Wednesday credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi's welfare policies for the ruling NDA's win in the assembly polls and said all anti-incumbency claims have been negated by the mandate for a fourth term to the Nitish Kumar government. He also made it clear that Kumar will continue to head the NDA government in Bihar and asserted that the gap between the number of seats of BJP and JD(U) will have no impact on the ruling alliance dynamics in the state. "Certainly, 100 per cent," Jaiswal told.

  • Bihar Election Result 2020 LIVE Updates: Bihar polls results due to Modi's leadership, NDA's governance, says Assam CM


    People of Bihar reposed faith in NDA. The excellent results came due to the charismatic leadership of Prime Minister Modi and the good governance provided by both central and state governments, said Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

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  • Bihar Election Result 2020 LIVE Updates: Jitan Ram Manjhi takes a potshot at Chirag Paswan on Bihar poll results


    Jitan Ram Manjhi, Hindustani Awam Morcha (S): "There's a saying 'don't cut the branch which you sit on'. Same way, Chirag Paswan worked towards defeating the fold he was part of. Result is clear, the branch has been cut, but he also fell... 'apne chirag se bhasm ho gaye hain vo'."

  • Bihar Election Result 2020 LIVE Updates: Modi congratulates JDU nominee for Lok Sabha bypoll win


    Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Janata Dal (United) candidate Sunil Kumar on Wednesday for winning the Lok Sabha bypoll to Valmiki Nagar in Bihar and lauded the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance for its hard work on the ground. Kumar defeated Parvesh Kumar Mishra of the Congress by over 22,500 votes, the counting of which took place on Tuesday. "I thank the people of Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha seat for blessing NDA with their support in the by-poll," Modi tweeted. "I congratulate Shri Sunil Kumar Ji on his win and wish him the very best for his Parliamentary tenure. I also laud the efforts of the NDA family that worked hard on the ground," he added.

  • Bihar Election Result 2020 LIVE Updates: A little over 7 lakh voters used the 'none of the above (NOTA)' option in this election, according to the Election Commission. According to figures released by the EC, 7,06,252 people (1.7 percent) of the voters opted for the option whereby they preferred not to vote for any candidate while exercising their democratic right. (Input from PTI)

  • Bihar Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: More than 7 lakh voters of Bihar opted for NOTA

    A little more than 7 lakh people in Bihar opted for the 'none of the above (NOTA)' option in this election, according to the Election Commission. According to the EC data, 7,06,252 people (1.7 percent) of the voters chose NOTA, preferring not to vote for any candidate. (Input from PTI)

  • Bihar Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: Home Minister Amit Shah congratulates BJP President JP Nadda personally on the massive victory in Bihar and by-polls in other states. "All activists under the leadership of PM Modi and JP Nadda are dedicated to the overall development of the country", said Amit Shah's tweet. 

  • Bihar Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: “I thank the people of Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha seat for blessing NDA with their support in the by-poll. I congratulate Shri Sunil Kumar Ji on his win and wish him the very best for his Parliamentary tenure. I also laud the efforts of the NDA family that worked hard on the ground", tweeted PM Narendra Modi on the bypoll results. 

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  • Bihar Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: 'MIM's Bihar poll show slap to those who call it BJP's B-team'


    AIMIM's Lok Sabha MP from Aurangabad Imtiaz Jaleel has said that his party's performance in the Bihar Assembly elections, in which it won five seats, was a "tight slap" to those who accused the party of being BJP's "B-team". Hyderabad MP  Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) on Tuesday won five Muslim-dominated seats in Bihar. Ahead of the polling in the third phase of the polls, the Congress had dubbed the AIMIM as the BJP's "B-team" and accused the party of colluding with the saffron party.

  • Bihar Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: Will Never Support Nitish or Sushil Modi, says Chirag Paswan

    LJP leader Chirag Paswan said that BJP and JDU got a clear mandate and they have to decide who will be the CM of state. "There will never be my support for Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi. If he continues to become the Chief Minister of my state, there will not be my support at the state level," he added.

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    Bihar Election 2020 Results Highlights: PM Modi credits good governance behind BJP's Bihar success
  • Bihar Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: Tejashwi Yadav; Political novice who gave veterans a run for their money

    An avid cricketer whose career never really took off, a political greenhorn who got power on a silver platter but failed to keep it, a scion of Bihar's most powerful family who could not get past the 9th grade. That was Tejashwi Yadav until the 2020 assembly polls marked the coming of age of a politician who valiantly went down fighting an army of battle-hardened veterans. He may have failed to learn the textbook lessons at DPS, R K Puram, in the national capital but showed an uncanny knack of reading the mind of voters, like his more famous father, as he led the opposition Grand Alliance to an impressive performance in the polls winning 110 seats in the 243-member assembly.

  • Bihar Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: Friendship stands Nitish in good stead, catapults him to office 4th term in row


    For close to 15 years, he ruled politically volatile Bihar with a paradoxical cocktail of stubborn ideology and pragmatic resilience, making friends with foes and foes with friends at will. Nitish Kumar's unusual knack for spotting friends has ensured a fourth straight term for him in office despite the drastic slump in his electoral fortune that relegated his JD (U) to the third position in the state assembly with just 43 seats, down from 71 it had won in 2015. The most atypical of politicians owing their rise to post-Mandal politics, Nitish Kumar stood out for his ability to address the governance deficit, unlike a majority of the breed reared in the socialist stable, but was often accused of pursuing politics of opportunism.

  • Bihar Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: If Nitish becomes Bihar CM, credit goes to Shiv Sena, says Saamana

    Praising RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav for giving a "spirited fight" in the Bihar Assembly polls, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday needled the BJP saying that if Nitish Kumar retains the post of chief minister despite the JD(U) winning fewer seats, the credit should go to the Sena. It said that the BJP had promised that Nitish Kumar would be the next chief minister of Bihar even if his party bags less number of seats. The BJP had given a similar promise to the Sena during the 2019 Maharashra Assembly polls, but as that word was not kept, it led to a political drama in the state, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party said. An editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said that JD(U) could not win even win 50 seats in the Bihar elections, while the BJP bagged 70 seats.

  • Bihar Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: Boosted by Bihar show, AIMIM plans to contest in UP, West Bengal

    Buoyed by the results of Bihar assembly elections, the AIMIM which bagged five seats is now looking to spread its wings to states such as Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Addressing reporters here on Tuesday night, MIM's president Asaduddin Owaisi said the party will fight for justice inthe northern state's Seemanchal region. Reacting to allegations that his party was dividing anti-BJP votes, Owaisi said he was running a political party that has a right to contest on its own. "You mean we should not fight elections. You (Congress) went and sat in Shiv Sena's lap (in Maharashtra). If anyone asks why did you fight the elections... I will fight in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and will fight every election in the country... Do I need to ask anyone's permission to fight the polls," he said when asked whether the party would contest in any other state. He however, did not clarify whether the party would contest on its own or in alliance with other parties. "AIMIM will fight in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Time only will tell with whom we will ally," Owaisi added. Owaisi is often criticised by Congress and other parties as "B-team" of BJP denting anti-saffron party's votes.

Bihar Election Results:
Surmounting anti-incumbency of 15 years, a mutinous former ally, and a spirited challenge from a resurgent opposition that rose from its ashes like a proverbial phoenix after the 2019 Lok Sabha poll debacle, Nitish Kumar-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was back in power in Bihar on Wednesday with a slender majority.
The ruling coalition won 125 seats in the 243-member state assembly against 110 clinched by the opposition Mahagathbandhan to pave the way for a fourth successive term for Kumar in office but with diminished clout following a debilitating slide in the number of Janata Dal (United) lawmakers that came down to 43 from 71 in 2015. Kumar was then a partner in the Mahagathbandhan which included Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress.
Its defeat notwithstanding, the RJD, whose campaign Tejashwi Yadav, the younger son and heir to party supremo Lalu Prasad helmed, emerged as the single largest party with 75 seats. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which led the table for several hours during the counting that dragged on for over 16 hours, finished second with a tally of 74 seats.
Despite the slump in numbers, Kumar, who was declared the NDA's chief ministerial candidate by the BJP brass, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief JP Nadda, is set to take over the reins of the government. Much of Kumar's plight can be blamed on the damage Chirag Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) inflicted on his JDU. Down in the dumps with just one MLA, the party spoiled the JDU's chances in at least 30 seats.
FINAL BIHAR TALLY
Party /AllianceSeats
NDA125
BJP74
JD(U)43
HAM4
VIP4
Mahagathbandhan110
RJD75
Congress19
CPI(ML)12
CPI2
CPI(M)2
OTHERS8
AIMIM5
BSP1
LJP1
Independent1
Total243
The performance of CPI(ML), the most radical among the mainstream Left groups, stood out as it won 12 of the 19 seats it contested. The CPI and the CPI(M) won two seats each.
Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM clinched five seats while its alliance partner in Bihar, Mayawati's BSP, bagged one.
Chirag Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party, which pulled out of the NDA and contested nearly 150 seats, managed to win just one. The winners also included an Independent.
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