Bihar Assembly Polls 2020: NDA bags majority with 125 seats, RJD emerges as single largest party
Polling was held in three phases, on October 28, November 3, and November 7
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has been voted to power once again in the Bihar Assembly Polls 2020.
The results were declared after a long multi-round counting process which saw the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) emerge as the single largest party while NDA emerged as winner.
The NDA got a majority by winning a total of 125 of 243 seats in the Bihar Assembly Polls 2020. Of this, 74 were won by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) while 43 went to Janata Dal (United). The Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) and Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) won four seats each.
With NDA winning in the polls, Nitish Kumar is set to become the Chief Minister of Bihar for the fourth consecutive term. The results put speculations to rest which anticipated the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) to be the winner this time with Tejashwi Yadav becoming the Chief Minister.
However, the RJD emerged as the single largest party in the elections by bagging 75 seats in total. The Mahagathbandhan or Grand Alliance managed to bag 110 seats in total. The Indian National Congress (INC), which was part of the alliance, could only win 19 seats. While the Communist Party of India and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) managed 2 seats each while the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) (Liberation) won 12 seats.
The All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen managed to win 5 seats in the elections.
The Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) managed to win only one seat each in the elections. One seat was also won by an Independent candidate.
The elections were held in three phases this time due to COVID-19. This included Phase one on October 28, phase 2 on November 3 and phase 3 on November 7.
In the first phase, 71 assembly constituencies in 16 districts went for the polls in 31,000 polling stations, in the second phase, 94 constituencies in 17 districts went for the polls in 42,000 polling stations. Similarly, in the third phase, 78 assembly constituencies in 15 districts went to polls in 33,500 polling stations.
About 3,755 candidates were in fray across 243 Assembly seats of Bihar. Over 7,29,27,396 electors were eligible to vote in Bihar polls and the voter turnout was at 57.05 per cent, which was 0.39 per cent higher compared to 56.66 per cent in 2015 elections. The counting took place on November 10.