Photos: NDA retains power in Bihar after close contest

UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 11:10 AM IST
BJP supporters react as results unfold on counting day of Bihar Assembly polls, in Patna on November 10. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at 124 seats emerged as the big gainer on what turned out to be a drawn out counting day. The alliance scraped past the majority mark of 122 seats with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) finishing with 74 seats and the JDU 43. (PTI)
Election officials at a polling centre on counting day in Patna on November 10. Covid-19 restrictions had caused the number of voters limited to 1,000 per booth, leading to 63% more EVMs being used this time. This meant an increase in the number of polling booths from where votes were to be counted and the vote tally dragged well past midnight. (PTI)
Citizens watch counting day coverage in Patna on November 10. As results started coming in, the opposition picked an early lead with the NDA soon turning the results into a neck-to-neck contest which appeared to be a far cry from exit poll predictions. Exit polls had predicted an edge for the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan (MGB). (PTI)
Election officials counting votes at a polling centre in Patna on November 10. Through the day the BJP appeared set to leave its ally JD (U) far behind in the seat tally, emerging as the senior partner in the alliance for the first time in about two decades. (Santosh Kumar / HT Photo)
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supporters outside party leader Tejashwi Yadav's residence, after an energetic campaign, in Patna on November 10 . The RJD emerged as the single largest party with 76 seats in the 243-member assembly. The MGB however, fell short of majority, with the Congress winning only 19 of the 70 seats it contested. The Left front put up its best performance in the state in recent decades, clinching 16 seats. (PTI)
Janata Dal (United) supporters in a celebratory mood on counting day, in Patna on November 10. Despite the slump in numbers to 43 from 71 in 2015, Nitish Kumar, who was declared the NDA’s chief ministerial candidate by BJP brass, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief J P Nadda, is set to take over the reins of the government for a fourth term. (PTI)
Bihar BJP president Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal (L) follows the election contest at the party office in Patna. The BJP, in alliance with the JD (U), the HAM(S) and the VIP party retains power in Bihar proving both forecasts of anti-incumbency sentiments and exit polls favouring the MGB wrong. With Bihar in the bag, the NDA is now in power in 16 states. (Santosh Kumar / HT Photo)
Supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party gather to celebrate after learning of the initial poll results of the Bihar state assembly election and by-elections elsewhere, in Gandhinagar on November 10. Adding to the wins for the BJP were bypolls in several states across the country. The BJP’s gains in Bihar were sweetened by sweeps in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Karnatata. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

BJP supporters react as results unfold on counting day of Bihar Assembly polls, in Patna on November 10. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at 124 seats emerged as the big gainer on what turned out to be a drawn out counting day. The alliance scraped past the majority mark of 122 seats with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) finishing with 74 seats and the JDU 43. (PTI)

Election officials at a polling centre on counting day in Patna on November 10. Covid-19 restrictions had caused the number of voters limited to 1,000 per booth, leading to 63% more EVMs being used this time. This meant an increase in the number of polling booths from where votes were to be counted and the vote tally dragged well past midnight. (PTI)

Citizens watch counting day coverage in Patna on November 10. As results started coming in, the opposition picked an early lead with the NDA soon turning the results into a neck-to-neck contest which appeared to be a far cry from exit poll predictions. Exit polls had predicted an edge for the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan (MGB). (PTI)

Election officials counting votes at a polling centre in Patna on November 10. Through the day the BJP appeared set to leave its ally JD (U) far behind in the seat tally, emerging as the senior partner in the alliance for the first time in about two decades. (Santosh Kumar / HT Photo)

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supporters outside party leader Tejashwi Yadav's residence, after an energetic campaign, in Patna on November 10 . The RJD emerged as the single largest party with 76 seats in the 243-member assembly. The MGB however, fell short of majority, with the Congress winning only 19 of the 70 seats it contested. The Left front put up its best performance in the state in recent decades, clinching 16 seats. (PTI)

Janata Dal (United) supporters in a celebratory mood on counting day, in Patna on November 10. Despite the slump in numbers to 43 from 71 in 2015, Nitish Kumar, who was declared the NDA’s chief ministerial candidate by BJP brass, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief J P Nadda, is set to take over the reins of the government for a fourth term. (PTI)

Bihar BJP president Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal (L) follows the election contest at the party office in Patna. The BJP, in alliance with the JD (U), the HAM(S) and the VIP party retains power in Bihar proving both forecasts of anti-incumbency sentiments and exit polls favouring the MGB wrong. With Bihar in the bag, the NDA is now in power in 16 states. (Santosh Kumar / HT Photo)

Supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party gather to celebrate after learning of the initial poll results of the Bihar state assembly election and by-elections elsewhere, in Gandhinagar on November 10. Adding to the wins for the BJP were bypolls in several states across the country. The BJP’s gains in Bihar were sweetened by sweeps in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Karnatata. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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Proving anti-incumbency sentiments and exit polls wrong, the BJP, in alliance with the Janata Dal (United), the HAM (S) and the VIP party managed to retain majority in Bihar and simultaneously improved its position within the arrangement as the largest seat holder in the formation. For its part, the RJD campaign marked a big comeback as the largest individual party after its 2019 Lok Sabha election rout, when the RJD failed to win a single seat in the state. Its Mahagathbandhan alliance with the Congress and Left parties however failed to break past the majority mark of 122 seats in the 243 seat assembly.

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