While several predictions point to a close fight between the NDA and the Grand Alliance, senior BJP leaders Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley have said the party will sail through in the crucial Bihar assembly elections.
The fourth and penultimate phase of the polls, the biggest popularity test for the BJP since the February elections in Delhi that it lost, ended on Sunday with 57.59% of the 14 million voters casting their ballot. The results will be declared on November 8.
Hindustan Times Executive Editor Shishir Gupta says the fact that the BJP has a strong cadre and has been able to reach out to the people on the ground lends it an edge over the other parties in the polls. Watch him analyse the poll scenario ahead of the final phase of voting: