Bihar Election Results 2020: Final tally puts NDA in the majority with 125 seats as RJD remains the single largest party

Bihar Election Results 2020: Final tally puts NDA in the majority with 125 seats as RJD remains the single largest party
BJP supporter waves a BJP flag to celebrate NDA's lead during the counting of votes for the Bihar Assembly Elections results BCCL
  • The final results of the Bihar election are in and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has won across 125 seats.
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alone was able to garner 74 seats while Janata Dal United (JDU) under performed with only 43 wins.
  • Despite the majority being with the NDA, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) remains the single largest party in the state.
The nail biting tug-of-war between the Grand Alliance and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has come to a close with the NDA hitting the magic mark of 122 seats late last night — enough for a majority to form Bihar’s new government. In the final tally, the NDA has a total of 125 wins under its belt.

Bihar Election Results 2020: Final tally puts NDA in the majority with 125 seats as RJD remains the single largest party
Election officials count votes at a counting centre at A.N. College in Patna on counting day of Bihar Assembly polls

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on its part, had already declared victory yesterday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and other senior officials thanking voters for their contribution.


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AllianceWon
National Democratic Alliance (NDA)125
Grand Alliance (Mahagathbandhan)110
Others8
Source: Election Commission

The NDA may have the majority, but the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) remains the single largest party in the state.

PartyWon
Total243
Rashtriya Janata Dal75
Bharatiya Janata Party74
Janata Dal (United)43
Indian National Congress19
Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) (Liberation)12
All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen5
Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular)4
Vikassheel Insaan Party4
Communist Party of India2
Communist Party of India (Marxist)2
Bahujan Samaj Party1
Independent1
Lok Jan Shakti Party1

Narrow margins make for a close election
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This year's Bihar elections are a face off between the Grand Alliance and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The Mahagathbandhan — led by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) along with the Indian National Congress — was leading in the early trends but the script soon flipped on them with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) making a stunning comeback.

Incumbent coalitionNumber of seats contested
JDU122
BJP121


The margins have been extremely narrow in certain constituencies, leaving the field open for last minute changes.

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Challenger coalitionNumber of seats contested
RJD144
Congress 70
CPI (ML)19
CPI6
CPI (M)4

Voting took place in three phases on October 28, November 2, and November 7. The turnout clocked in at 54%, 55.7% and 56.02% respectively.

The final results defy the exit polls, which projected that the RJD-Congress-Left alliance would come out ahead of the JDU-BJP coalition indicating the possibility of a non-JDU government in the state of Bihar for the first time in 15 years.

PollNDAGrand AllianceLJPOthers
ABP News - CVoter104-18108-1311-34-8
TImes Now - CVoter11612016
Republic TV - Jan ki Baat91-117118-1385-83-6
India Today - Axis Poll139-16169-913-53-5
News X - DVResearch108-123110-1174-108-23
CNN News 18 - Chanakya1805508
Dainik Bhaskar71-81120-12712-2319-27

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