Nitish Kumar, BJP score victory in Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav's RJD single-largest party
Patna : Final results are out in Bihar elections. NDA will be retaining the government in the state again. However, BJP missed the title of being the single-largest party by a couple of seats as Tejashwi Yadav's RJD scored 75 seats as against 74 seats of the former. Nitish Kumar's JDU won 43 seats in the state. The Congress turned out to be a major disappointment as it contested 70 seats but won only 19. Chirag Paswan's LJP, which was the source of much frustration for Nitish Kumar, won just one seat.
In 243-member assembly, parties needed 122 seats to form the government in Bihar. BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) eased past the majority mark of 122 by the time final results were out on Wednesday morning.
The ruling JDU-BJP touched the majority mark at around 3 AM after a closely-fought race. The BJP finished with 74 seats and the JDU 43. Now, BJP will be the big brother in Bihar alliance and it would be interesting to see the choice of Bihar Chief Minister.
Tejashwi Yadav, whose masterminding of the RJD's campaign announced him as a worthy successor to his father Lalu Yadav's throne, produced a perfect score for his party - 75 seats contested, 75 seats won.
Shortly before the results were confirmed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah both tweeted and thanked the people of Bihar for "backing the NDA's development agenda". PM Modi said the NDA would "work for the balanced development of every person, every region" of the state. Amit Shah said: "Every section of Bihar has... backed the NDA's development agenda" and added: "This is a win for the double-engine development of PM Modi and Nitish Kumar".