Even as the Election Commission stated that counting of votes for the Bihar Assembly elections will continue till late in the night, the trends available so far suggested that the Mahagathbandan (Grand Alliance) has narrowed the gap against the ruling NDA alliance. As per the latest data, the NDA alliance is leading in 123 seats as opposed to the Grand Alliance, which is ahead in 112 seats.
The majority mark in the 243-member Bihar Assembly is 122. While there is still time for the final results, one thing is clear — the BJP that had remained a junior partner in the NDA in Bihar so far is going to end up having the upper hand. Notably, the Chirag Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party’s (LJP) decision to pull out of NDA alliance seems to have backfired while ending up hurting NDA’s prospects.