The initial trends from counting of votes for 243 assembly seats in Bihar show that Mahagathbandhan led by RJD is leading the results. As of 8:45, while the NDA is leading in 51 seats, Mahagathbandhan is ahead in 63 seats, according to NDTV. The others are ahead in 2 seats. The BJP is ahead in 32 seats, the JDU in 18.
The counting of votes began at 8 am across 55 centres across 38 districts in the state. The elections will decide the fate of 3,558 candidates, which includes 370 women and a transgender.
In Mahagathbandhan, RJD’s candidates contested on 144 seats and Congress on 70. The three Left parties contested from 29 constituencies.
According to the majority of exit polls, Mahagathbandhan scores an edge over the NDA coalition.
India Today-Axis My India exit poll predicted that Mahagathbandhan will secure 139-161 seats, while NDA imay get 61-91 seats.
Dainik Bhaskar exit poll predicted that NDA will get 120-127 seats, while 71-81 seats will be won by Mahagathbandhan.
CNN News-Today’s Chanakya poll predicted a clear majority for Mahagathbandhan with 180 seats and 55 seats for NDA.
The RJD-led alliance seemed boosted by the exit polls a day before the election were to be announced. The party leaders had sent out messages across their cadres to accept results with humility and grace. They asked them to refrain from inappropriate celebrations.
The voter turnout in the first, second and third phases of voting stood at 54 per cent, 55.7 per cent and 56.02 percent respectively.
Meanwhile, in the general elections which took place last year, NDA had won 39 of the state’s 40 Lok Sabha seats.