The BJP reiterated the NDA would form the next government in Bihar with a two-third majority as curtains came down on the five-phase assembly elections in the state on Thursday.
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Bihar polls in-charge Ananth Kumar said the party and its allies had established a comfortable lead over the chief minister Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance. “There is no question of a photo-finish,” he said.
Exit polls at the end of the staggered elections were divided on the possible winner, predicting the bitterly fought polls would see a close outcome. While Today’s Chanakya gave 155 of the 243 seats to the BJP and its three allies, NewsX-CNX said the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and its two allies would get 130-140 seats.
Reacting to the predictions run by news channels after the final phase, which saw a voter turnout of 60% in 57 constituencies, Kumar said only the results would reveal the true picture. Counting for the elections that began on October 12 will be held on November 8.
Ananth Kumar said the poll results would be more of a referendum on the Rashtriya Janata Dal’s ‘jungle raj’ than Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s way of functioning. He said the BJP’s parliamentary board was yet to take a call on the chief ministerial candidate.
The BJP leader’s remarks came even as RJD chief Lalu Prasad said the Grand Alliance, led by chief minister Nitish Kumar of the JD(U), would win 190 seats in the 243-member Bihar assembly.
Kumar said the leaders of the Grand Alliance tried to divert the basic issues while campaigning for the polls. “Their prime agenda was to divide the society on caste lines but their design failed,” he said.