Counting of votes polled in Bihar Assembly elections began at 8 am on Tuesday at 55 counting centres across 38 districts of the state.

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. 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.

The poll body also increased the number of counting centres to 55 in 38 districts across Bihar, in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. The number of counting centres in the state was 38 during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

EC trends for 200 of 243 seats: NDA leading on 102 seats – BJP 54, JDU-42, Vikassheel Insaan Party-5, HAM-1

Mahagathbandhan ahead on 88 seats – RJD 57, Congress 17, Left 14

BSP leading on one seat, LJP on 4, while AIMIM is ahead on 2 & independents on 3

EC trends for 189 of 243 seats: NDA leading on 97 seats – BJP 53, JDU 39, Vikassheel Insaan Party 5

Mahagathbandhan ahead on 82 seats – RJD 54, Congress 14, Left 14

BSP has a lead on one seat, LJP on four, while AIMIM is ahead on 2 & independents on three

Janata Dal (United) leading in Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha seat in Bihar which went to by-poll, as per Election Commission

EC trends for 161 of 243 seats: NDA leading on 81 seats – BJP 42, JDU 34, Vikassheel Insaan Party 5 Mahagathbandhan ahead on 75 seats – RJD 51, Congress 13, Left 11 BSP has a lead on one seat, LJP on two, while AIMIM and an independent ahead on one each

A year ago, RJD couldn’t win a single seat in Lok Sabha polls. As per Lok Sabha results, JDU & allies were to win over 200 seats. In last one year, nothing has harmed brand Nitish or added to brand RJD, we’re losing only due to COVID19 impact: Janata Dal (United) leader KC Tyagi

RJD’s Tej Pratap Yadav trailing behind JDU’s Raj Kumar Ray from Hasanpur seat

BJP’s Jamui candidate Shreyasi Singh leads over RJD’s Vijay Prakash by 1,323 votes.

Early trends of counting in Bihar assembly polls: the NDA is leading in 15 seats, while the Grand Alliance is ahead in nine constituencies.

As per the Election Commission of India’s trends at around 9:40 am on Tuesday NDA is leading on 32 seats – BJP 20, JDU 9 and Vikassheel Insaan Party on 3 seats.

BJP ahead on 9, JDU and RJD leading on 5 seats each, Congress has a lead on 3, Vikassheel Insaan Party ahead on 1 seat, according to official Election Commission trends

BJP leading on 8 seats, JDU and RJD ahead on 3 seats each, Congress on 1, Vikassheel Insaan Party also ahead on one seat.
According to official Election Commission trends, Bharatiya Janata Party leads on 5 seats, JD(U)-2 seats, RJD-1 seat, Congress-1 seat, Vikassheel Insaan Party-1 seat, and Bahujan Samaj Party-1 seat

According to official Election Commission trends, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leads on Darbhanga assembly seat

Early trends in, Tejashwi’s grand alliance takes early lead over Nitish’s NDA

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.

This time Bihar witnessed a triangular contest with the ruling JDU-BJP alliance and grand alliance (RJD, Congress and others) and Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), which is eying the role of a kingmaker in case of a hung Assembly.

On one side is the NDA which includes JD-U (115 seats), BJP (110 seats), Vikassheel Insaan Party (11 seats) and Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (7 seats).

Mahagathbandhan constitutes RJD (144 seats) and the Congress with 70 seats. Other alliance partners include the CPI-ML (19 seats), CPI (6 seats), and the CPIM (4 seats).

Incumbent chief minister Nitish Kumar was the face of the NDA while Mahagathbandhan declared Tejashwi Yadav as its chief minister candidate.

LJP contested over 130 seats on its own and fielded candidates against all JD-U nominees and only a few against BJP.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is eyeing his fourth term with ally BJP by his side. In 2015, however, Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) fought polls with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress under the Mahagathbandhan banner. The BJP-led NDA had fought the elections with LJP and other allies.

RJD with 80 seats had emerged as the single largest party in the elections, followed by JD-U (71) paving way for Nitish Kumar to take oath as Bihar Chief Minister for the third term. BJP was reduced to 53 seats and got the largest vote share (24.42 per cent).

However, in 2017, differences emerged between the RJD and JD-U, resulting in Chief Minister Nitish Kumar returning to the NDA.

The exit polls differed in their prediction of tallies of major players in Bihar assembly polls with most predicting an edge for Mahagathbandhan or its victory.