The campaigning for the fifth and final phase of polling ended on Tuesday amid a bitter war of words between leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led led NDA and the grand alliance of the Congress, Janata Dal(United) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders from the BJP as well as those of the grand alliance, like Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad, have left no stone unturned in the past two months and are hoping to emerge victorious when the results are declared on November 8.
Vinod Sharma, political editor of Hindustan Times, presents his take on the ground realities in Bihar and the tactics used by these parties to woo voters in the bitter-fought assembly elections.
“The battle on the ground is a very keen battle and the opposition that has been put to the BJP’s big surge and the big step in the state; naturally the Prime Minister is leading the campaign from affront. It’s a big offensive by the BJP,” Sharma says.
According to him, the saffron party has almost met its match in the grand alliance with its leaders fighting it out almost neck to neck.