Bihar Assembly Election: BJP emerges as single-largest party; JD(U) at third spot
New Delhi : The Bharatiya Janata Party has tasted first victory in Bihar Assembly Polls; interestingly its candidates have won from Darbhanga and Keoti Assembly seats, according to Election Commission.
While BJP leader Sanjay Saraogi won the Darbhanga seat defeating Rashtriya Janata Dal’s (RJD) Amar Nath Gami by over 10,000 votes, his party colleague Murari Mohan Jha defeated RJD’s Abdul Bari Siddiqui by 8,000 votes in Keoti.
Counting of votes in the Bihar Assembly Elections is currently underway for all 243 seats, the NDA is leading in 130 seats and the grand alliance is ahead in 101.
“Around 4.10 crore votes were cast. 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.
“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,” said Deputy Election Commissioner Ashish Kundra.
The BJP is emerging as the single-largest party in Bihar. It is currently leading in 76 seats, while its alliance partner JD(U) in 48. While the BJP contested on 110 seats, the JD(U) fielded its candidates in 115 seats. The RJD, which had won the highest number of seats in the last Assembly election in 2015, is at number 2 currently - leading in 65 of 144 seats it contested.
So, the JD(U) has been relegated to the third place, as per the latest trends.