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Bihar Election Results 2020 highlights: Nitish Kumar, BJP retain Bihar, RJD single-largest party

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers hold a placard with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's picture to celebrate their party's lead in the Bihar Assembly polls, at BJP HQ in New Delhi. (PTI)Premium
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers hold a placard with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's picture to celebrate their party's lead in the Bihar Assembly polls, at BJP HQ in New Delhi. (PTI)

Bihar Election Results 2020: While BJP performed a stellar role in NDA's victory winning 72 seats, RJD also gave a spectacular performance by bagging 75 seats

Bihar Results highlights: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won an absolute majority in Bihar, winning 122 seats in a closely contested election that saw counting continue stretching over 19 hours and wrapping up only in the early hours on Wednesday.

The Mahagathbandhan including Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress, and Left parties managed to secure 110 seats in the state's 243-seat legislative assembly.

While BJP performed a stellar role in NDA's victory winning 72 seats, RJD also gave a spectacular performance by bagging 75 seats and emerged as the single largest party in the 243-member Bihar legislative assembly.

The Congress could win only 19 of 70 seats it contested and it impacted the Mahagathbandhan tally.

Bihar Election Results: Track all real-time trends and results



Source: Election Commission of India
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  • RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav won his Raghopur seat by a margin of over 38,000 votes in the result announced late Tuesday night. According to the Election Commission, Tejashwi defeated Bharatiya Janata Party's Satish Kumar by a margin of 38,174 votes.
  • The JD(U) has won the Hilsa assembly seat in Bihar just by 12 votes, according to the Election Commission website, a result contested by the rival RJD. According to the results updated on the Election Commission website late Tuesday night, JD(U)'s Krishnamurari Sharan alias Prem Mukhiya has polled 61,848 votes, while the RJD's Atri Muni alias Shakti Singh Yadav has got 61,836 votes.
  • Lok Janshakti Party president Chirag Paswan described the Bihar polls results as a "victory" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying THE people have shown their trust in him. With his party winning only one seat while being instrumental in the defeat of the BJP's ally JD(U) in many seats, Paswan tweeted that he was "proud" that his party did not bend down for power. His party had won two seats in the 2015 polls.
  • Hopefully, we have the final tally in an hour: Deputy Election Commissioner Chandrabhushan Kumar
  • Results in 223 seats have been declared, 20 constituencies are left. VVPAT of 5 booths that are to be taken up for counting, those exercises are going. We hope these will be completed soon: Deputy Election Commissioner Chandrabhushan Kumar
  • Youth of Bihar have made it clear that new decade will be of Bihar and for self-reliant Bihar: PM Narendra Modi on assembly poll results.
  • I assure every citizen of Bihar that NDA govt will work with full dedication for balanced development of every person, every region: PM
  • Each and every voter of Bihar clearly stated that their priority is only development, tweets PM Narendra Modi
  • People from every section have relied on NDA's mantra of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas'. I would like to assure the citizen of Bihar of development in every region: PM Narendra Modi
  • People have reposed their trust in PM Modi; this is his victory: LJP president Chirag Paswan on Bihar poll results
  • I am proud LJP did not bend down for power, our vote share increased and this will benefit us in future: Chirag Paswan.
  • I thank all brothers and sisters of the state from the bottom of my heart for once again choosing development, progress and good governance in Bihar: Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah

Source: Election Commission of India.
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Source: Election Commission of India.


  • Results declared for 203 seats out of the total 243.NDA wins 102 seats (BJP 60, JDU 34, VIP 4, HAM 4) Mahagathbandhan wins 93 seats (RJD 64, Congress 16, Left 13) AIMIM wins 5, BSP wins 1, & Independent wins 1
  • Results declared for 142 seats out of the total 243.NDA wins 72 seats (BJP 39, JDU 27, VIP 4, HAM 2), leading on 51.Mahagathbandhan wins 44 seats (RJD 45, Congress 8, Left 12), ahead on 48,AIMIM wins 3, leading on 2; BSP wins 1, & Independent 1
  • If needed, we will hold a briefing again around midnight for final updates: Deputy Election Commissioner Chandrabhushan Kumar.
  • About an hour ago, there was a post by a party on social media claiming that their party has won 119 seats. It is to clearly state that all results are on our portal, total results declared as of now are of 146 seats, that is the factual situation: Dy Election Commissioner.
  • There are over dozens of seats where tampering has been done. They are trying to change the people's mandate, even after all such ill-intended attempts we'll form govt: RJD leader Manoj Jha after leaving Election Commission Office in Patna
  • Election Commission has never worked under anybody's pressure. All officials and machinery are working sincerely for declaration of Bihar Election Results: Umesh Sinha, Secretary-General, ECI.
  • Ace shooter Shreyasi Singh, making her debut as BJP candidate from Jamui, defeats sitting RJD MLA Vijay Prakash by more than 40,000 votes
  • There are discrepancies. We expect justice from Election Commission: Congress leader Akhilesh Singh
  • RJD and Congress delegation arrive at the Election Commission office to raise the issue of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar allegedly influencing counting of votes.

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RJD and Congress delegation arrive at the Election Commission office (ANI)


  • State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) releases status of counting rounds (completed & pending) in the assembly constituencies of the state, as of at 09:00 pm.


  • Results declared for 92 out of the total 243 seats. BJP wins 28, RJD- 25, JD(U)-17, Congress- 7, CPI(M-L)- 6, VIP- 2, AIMIM- 2, and CPI, CPI(M), HAM(S) & Independent 1 each.
  • The BJP has scored high in terms of winning percentage in the Bihar assembly polls, while its partner JD(U) has performed relatively poorly. In the opposition camp, the Left front has outscored its partners with a much better strike rate.
  • It's a great moment for us as people of Bihar have honoured us with so many votes. Our leaders & workers have put a lot of efforts into strengthening our party in Bihar. We will try our best to fulfil the promises made by us: Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM.
  • Results declared for 74 out of the total 243 seats,BJP 22, RJD wins 20, JD(U) 13, Congress 7, CPI(M-L) 5, VIP 2 and AIMIM, CPI, CPI(M), HAM(S) & Independent 1. NDA leading on 126 seats,Mahagathbandhan on 110 seats, AIMIM on 5 seats, BSP on 1 seats
  •  3.40 crore votes have been counted till 8 pm. Around 4.10 crore votes were cast in Bihar Election: Election Commission of India

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  • Results declared for 52 out of the total 243 seats.

BJP & RJD win 16 seats each, JD(U) 7 seats,Congress and CPI(M-L) 3 seats each,

VIP 2 seats,AIMIM, CPI, CPI(M), HAM(S), and Independent 1 seat each

  • Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi (file photo) wins from Imamganj Assembly constituency.
  • RJD leader Tej Pratap Yadav wins from Hasanpur Assembly Constituency.
  • BJP leader Upendra Nath Paswan retains Ghatampur seat, defeats nearest rival Kripa Shankar of Congress by 23,820 votes.
  • RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav leading over BJP's Satish Kumar in Raghopur Assembly Constituency, as per Election Commission trends.
  • Congress candidate Luv Sinha - son of party leader Shatrughan Sinha - trailing behind BJP's Nitin Nabin from Bankipur assembly constituency, as per Election Commission trends.

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Source: Election Commission

  • Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi and state BJP incharge Bhupender Yadav arrive at the residence of chief minister Nitish Kumar


  • BJP workers celebrate in Madurai after trends show party leading in Bihar election


  • Partywise vote share at 6.30 pm

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Source: Election Commission


  • Deputy election commissioner Chandrabhushan Kumar said 2.7 crore EVM votes counted till 5.30 PM, out of total over 4 crore cast in Bihar assembly polls


  • Ram Chandra Prasad of BJP wins from Hayaghat Assembly Constituency

NDA maintains edge over Mahagathbandhan, but game still wide open

The NDA maintained an edge over the RJD-led Grand Alliance on Tuesday, winning four seats and leading in 121 others as counting progressed slowly in Bihar.

The RJD, leading the opposition five-party alliance, has won two seats, and along with allies, is leading in 106 others, according to the Election Commission website.

Election Commission declares results for 9 out of the total 243 seats

  • BJP wins 3, RJD & JD(U) 2 each, Congress & Vikassheel Insaan Party 1 each
  • NDA leading on 126 seats
  • Mahagathbandhan on 107 seats
  • AIMIM on 5 seats
  • BSP on 2 seats
  • Independents on 3 seats

RJD, BJP, and JD(U) win two seats each so far

  • NDA leading on 124 seats
  • Mahagathbandhan leading on 109 seats
  • AIMIM leading on 4 seats
  • BSP leading on 2 seats
  • Independents leading on 3 seats

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Source: Election Commission

RJD negates poll trends, says Grand Alliance will form govt in Bihar

The RJD today claimed that reports from its candidates and workers from across Bihar have suggested that the Grand Alliance is winning the state elections, even as poll trends project otherwise.

"We are in touch with our candidates and workers from all areas and the information received from them tells that results will go in our favour," the Lalu Prasad-led party said in a tweet in Hindi.

No dispute regarding NDA leader in Bihar: State BJP chief

BJP state chief Sanjay Jaiswal has said there is no dispute regarding who will lead the government if the alliance returns to power in the state.

"The issue has been cleared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief J P Nadda much before the elections," he said, while responding to a query whether chief minister Nitish Kumar will lead the NDA government if the alliance secures a majority in the assembly.

  • Election Commission declares first result of Bihar Assembly polls
  • RJD's Lalit Yadav wins Darbhanga Rural
  • NDA leading on 129 - BJP 73, JDU 49, VIP 5, HAM 2
  • Mahagathbandhan ahead on 103 - RJD 64 (1 seat won) Congress 20, Left 18
  • BSP leading on two, AIMIM on four, LJP on one and independents on four
  • Election Commission trends for all 243 seats at 3 pm: NDA leading on 128 seats - BJP 73, JDU 49, VIP 5, HAM 1


  • Sanjay Saraogi of BJP wins Darbhanga seat by over 10,000 votes: EC

BJP leader Sanjay Saraogi has won the Darbhanga seat defeating RJD's Amar Nath Gami by over 10,000 votes, returning officer Thiyagrajan SM said. Saraogi captured seat in 2015 assembly election too with a margin of 7,460 votes only.

  • NDA leading on 128 seats, Mahagathbandhan ahead on 104

As per the Election Commission trends for all 243 seats at 2:30 pm--NDA is leading on 128 seats - BJP 74, Janata Dal (United) (JDU) 47, Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) 6, Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) (HAM) one.

Mahagathbandhan is ahead on 104 seats - RJD 67, Congress 19, Left 18.

BSP leading on two, AIMIM on two, LJP on two and independents on five. Others have 18.5% of votes.



  • Counting in Bihar to continue till late evening: Bihar chief electoral officer

The counting of votes polled in Bihar Assembly polls will continue till late evening, chief electoral officer of Bihar HR Srinivasa said.

"Around 4.10 crores votes were cast, 92 lakhs votes counted so far. Earlier there used to 25-26 rounds of counting, this time it went up to around 35 rounds. So the counting will continue till late evening," said Srinivasa.

"In some Assembly Constituencies (ACs) there are fewer polling stations, counting will conclude in 24-25 rounds. But we also have some ACs, where there will be 50-51 rounds. On average, we will have 30-35 rounds of counting per AC," Srinivasa added.

  • Party-wise vote share

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Party-wise vote share
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Party-wise vote share


  • 63% more EVMs in Bihar than in 2015 polls, says EC.
  • As per law, all postal ballots received till 8 am today are to be taken up for counting. It means postal ballots received at counting centres till at 8 am today need to be taken up for counting. Data related to it will be available at the level of concerned returning officer: ECI.


  • Election Commission of India (ECI): Needless to say that there has been an absolutely glitch-free counting process so far. Slightly more than 1 crore votes have been counted in Bihar which means that there is significant ground to be covered yet.
  • Around 4.10 crore votes were cast, 92 lakh votes counted so far. Earlier there used to be 25-26 rounds of counting, 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
  • Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tej Pratap Yadav is leading from Hasanpur Assembly seat, after six rounds of counting of votes on Tuesday, as per the Election Commission of India. Predicting an early victory for his brother, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, Tej earlier today tweeted, "Tejashwi Bhavah Bihar!"
  • BJP looks set to emerge as the single-largest party in Bihar polls as it is leading on 73 seats in the state, as per the Election Commission of India's initial trends.
  • The JD(U) on Tuesday exuded confidence that the NDA will again form a government in Bihar under Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as trends showed the political alliance marching ahead of the RJD-led Grand Alliance. As per the trends available till 12.45 pm, the NDA was leading in 126 seats -- the BJP in 73, the JD(U) in 47 and the VIP in six.

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  • Plurals Party chief Pushpam Priya Choudhary trails from Bankipur seat.
  • BJP's Parshuram Chaubey leads over Congress rival Sanjay Tiwari by 2,600 votes in Buxar seat.
  • Over 7,29,27,396 electors were eligible to vote in Bihar polls and the voter turnout was at 57.05 per cent, which was 0.39 per cent higher compared to 56.66 per cent in 2015 elections.
  • Lalu Prasad Yadav's elder son Tej Pratap Yadav is leading in the Hasanpur seat of Bihar.
  • The Election Commission of India will hold a press conference scheduled at 1.30 pm today. ECI officers, including Deputy Election Commissioners Sudeep Jain, Chandrabhushan Kumar and Ashish Kundra, will brief the media virtually on the current counting trends, according to reports.
  • In Nalanda's Hilsa, RJD's Shakti Yadav is leading with 4076 votes.
  • Bihar minister and BJP leader Vinod Narayan Jha leads over Congress rival Bhawana Jha by 6,000 votes in Benipatti.
  • Jitan Ram Manjhi is trailing behind Uday Narain Choudhary of RJD in Imamganj seat.
  • The BJP is leading in 73 seats, the JDU in 52, the LJP is leading in 5 seats.The RJD is ahead in 59 seats, the Congress in 21 and the Left parties in 13 seats.
  • Bihar Assembly election results 2020: How did high-profile constituencies vote?

The counting of votes cast in the Bihar Assembly elections got underway on Tuesday morning. The three-term incumbent Nitish Kumar, aged 69, and his 30-year-old challenger, Tejashwi Yadav of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, are the principal contenders for the chief ministerial chair. But several other prominent faces are also vying for a seat in the state assembly. Mint is tracking the results from 25 such high-stakes constituencies as the counting goes on. Check out on this page which way their fate is going.

  • RJD and BJP neck-and-neck. Both the parties are now leading on 69 seats each
  • RJD CM candidate Tejaswi Yadav is leading by 455 votes from Raghopur.



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  • Congress candidate Luv Sinha - son of party leader Shatrughan Sinha- trailing behind BJP's Nitin Nabin from Bankipur seat, as per Election Commission trends.
  • Ace shooter and BJP nominee Shreyasi Singh was leading over her rivals in Jamui.
  • Sharad Yadav’s daughter and Congress candidate Subhashini trails in Bihariganj seats by 1,271 votes. JD(U) leader Niranjan Kumar Mehta is leading.
  • The JD(U)-BJP alliance is now ahead in 125 seats in the state while the MGB is leading on 109 constituencies.
  • Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is leading on Darbhanga assembly seat by a wafer-thin margin in the early trends as counting of votes began for 243 assembly seats in Bihar on Tuesday.
  • Pappu Yadav trails in Madhepura seat.
  • Supporters of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav gathered outside his residence on Tuesday as counting of votes for Bihar Election 2020 is underway. The celebrations began a bit early outside Tejashwi's residence as his supporters were seen standing with his photograph in their hands, cheering for him ahead of the poll results.
  • JD(U)'s Chandrika Roy leads over RJD's Chhote Lal Ray by 49 votes in Parsa seat in early trends.
  • BJP's Jamui candidate Shreyasi Singh leads over RJD's Vijay. Prakash by 1,323 votes in early trends.
  • BJP's Om Prakash Yadav leads from Siwan.

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  • LJP is ahead on 5 constituencies.
  • Bihar Vidhan Sabha speaker and JD(U) candidate Vijay Kumar Choudhary leading from Sarairanjan in initial rounds
  • Congress leader Luv Sinha is trailing from Bankipore.

Initial trends from the ECI.
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Initial trends from the ECI.

  • The Nitish-led alliance is now ahead on 110 constituencies while the MGB is ahead on 124, show initial trends.
  • 'Bolo dil se, Nitish phir se,' tweets HAM's Jitan Ram Manjhi amid counting in Bihar.

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  • HAM founder Jitan Ram Manjhi is leading from Imamganj
  • RJD's Anant Kumar Singh is leading in Mokama
  • Grand Alliance is ahead on 98 seats while the NDA is leading on 58, for which trends are available



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  • What's at stake in Bihar elections for key political parties?

The run up to the elections have seen a keen contest between Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) which includes the Janata Dal (United) or JDU and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) whose key challenger is Mahagathbandhan which mainly includes Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress under the leadership of former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav.

Mint takes a look.

  • Mahagathbandhan leads in early trends.

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  • Officials said the trends and results might be delayed a bit this time as the number of polling stations were raised from 72,723 earlier to 1,06,515.


  • Counting of votes polled in Bihar Assembly elections began at 8 am on Tuesday at 55 counting centres across 38 districts of the state. Over 57% of about 7.30 crore electors have exercised their franchise.
  • Fighting anti-incumbency and multiple other challenges, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is banking on the "silent force" of women voters to swing the odds in his favour in the recent Bihar Assembly elections.
  • The ECI has set up 55 counting centres in all the 38 districts of the state, which had voted in three phases on October 28, November 3 and November 7 to decide the fate of 3,755 candidates.


  • Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) have been imposed in and around the counting centres to prevent the gathering of people.

Exit Poll Results:

India Today-Axis My India exit poll predicted that the Mahagathbandhan will win in Bihar with the alliance partners securing 139-161 seats. It said NDA is expected to get 61-91 seats and LJP three to five seats.

Times Now-CVoter Exit Poll predicted 120 seats for Mahagathbandhan while 116 seats for the NDA. It projected that LJP will win one seat.

Republic TV-Jan ki Baat predicted that Mahagathbandhan will win 116-138 seats while NDA will win 91-119 seats. It said LJP will win 5-8 seats and others are expected to garner 3-6 seats.

Dainik Bhaskar exit poll predicted that NDA will get a majority or will be within striking distance of it with 120-127 seats while 71-81 seats for Mahagathbandhan. It has predicted that LJP will win 12-23 seats while others will get 19-27 seats.

CNN News-Today's Chanakya poll predicted a clear majority for Mahagathbandhan with 180 seats and 55 seats for NDA while the rest bagging none.

NewsX-DV Research exit poll predicted 110-117 seats for NDA while 108-123 seats for Mahagathbandhan. It has predicted 4-10 seats for LJP while 8-23 seats for others.

ABP News-Nielsen has predicted that the NDA is poised to get 104-128 seats, while the Mahagathbandhan will get 108-131 seats.

  • On the last day of the campaign, Nitish Kumar made a shock announcement that this would be his last election.
  • Bihar is the first state where the full-fledged election was held after the coronavirus outbreak in India. The voting across 243-assembly constituencies in Bihar was held in three phases on October 28, November 3, and November 7 to decide the fate of 3,755 candidates.

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