New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS) The Grand Alliance of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar forged ahead in the battle for the 243-seat Bihar assembly, latest trends from the vote count showed.
After trailing to the BJP-led combine initially, Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and its allies Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress surged ahead.
“The Grand Alliance has moved towards victory,” JD-U leader Pavan Verma said in Patna. “It is a defeat for (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi and (BJP president) Amit Shah.”
“We will form a government with a clear majority,” he added.
Trends emerging from the counting centres said the Grand Alliance candidates were racing ahead in 115 seats and those of the BJP alliance in 93 seats. Smaller parties were in the lead in seven seats.
Sharad Yadav claims victory for Grand Alliance
The Grand Alliance was poised to win the battle for the Bihar assembly, Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav said on Sunday.
“We will get about 150 seats,” Yadav told the media as officials counted the votes polled to elect a 243-member assembly.
“It was a very tough fight, it was a straight fight,” he said.
Both of Lalu’s sons trail in Bihar vote count
Both of RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s sons – Tej Pratap and Tejaswi Yadav – trailed as counting of votes was under way in Bihar on Sunday, officials said.
Tej Pratap and Tejaswi Yadav trailed from Mahua and Raghopur assembly constituencies respectively after the first one and half hours of counting of votes.
In Raghopur, BJP candidate Satish Kumar Rai was leading, while BJP’s ally HAM candidate Ravinder Rai was ahead in Mahua.
JD-U hopes to form government in Bihar
The Janata Dal-United on Sunday expressed hope that it will form the next government in Bihar.
“Be it Patna region, Bhagalpur or any other region, we will soon pick up leads and results would be in our favour as the counting proceeds,” JD-U spokesperson Nihora Prasad told CNN-IBN.
Counting of votes polled in the five-phase assembly polls began on Sunday.