The ND seems to be leading by a margin in Bihar Election counting since it started today morning. The counting has been a tad slow this year due to COVID-19. The Election Commission of India Tuesday said that there is significant ground to be covered as only 1 crore of the total 4.10 crore votes have been counted so far and that the final result can be expected to come by late tonight.
“Earlier, there used to be 25-26 rounds of counting, but this time it went up to around 35 rounds. So the counting will continue till late evening,” Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Bihar, HR Srinivas said.
According to the latest trends the NDA is much ahead of the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan, crossing the half-way mark of 122 seats needed to secure a majority in Bihar Assembly.
While there is still time for the final results, one thing is clear — the BJP that had remained a junior partner in the NDA in Bihar so far is going to have a larger piece of the cake.
On the other hand, Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party is also all set to improve its tally and is leading on more numbers of seats than last time. LJP and other petty parties may play a greater role in the government formation if the NDA falls short of the half-way mark.
Most exit polls had given the RJD-Congress-Left alliance a clear edge over the JD (U)-BJP coalition and has predicted that the ruling government’s days are numbered.
It was in fact the RJD, the party touted to win 90 seats, was underperforming, according to the early trends, with the counting putting it in the lead in only 65 seats.
RJD leaders claim that numbers were misleading as the counting was slower due to the Election Commission setting up a higher number of polling booths because of Covid-19.