Bihar Election Results in 2020 Updates: 15 years of crushing anti-incumbency, a mutinous former ally, and a spirited challenge from a resurgent opposition that rose from its ashes like a proverbial phoenix after the 2019 Lok Sabha poll fiasco, with a slender majority, Nitish Kumar-led NDA returned to power in Bihar. In the 243-member state assembly, the ruling coalition won 125 seats against 110 clinched by the opposition Grand Alliance to pave the way for a 4th successive term for Kumar in office, but with reduced clout following a weakening slide in the number of JD(U) lawmakers that dropped to 43 from 71 in 2015.
Kumar was then a partner in the Grand Alliance that included the RJD and the Congress of Lalu Prasad. Given its defeat, the RJD, whose campaign was helmed by Tejashwi Yadav, the younger son and heir to the supreme party Lalu Prasad, emerged as the single largest party with 75 seats. The BJP, which led the table for several hours during the counting that dragged on for over 16 hours, finished second with a tally of 74 seats. Kumar, who was declared the chief ministerial candidate of the NDA by the BJP brass, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Party Chief J P Nadda, is expected to take over the government’s reins, despite the slump in numbers. Most of the plight of Kumar can be blamed on the damage inflicted on his JD(U) by Chirag Paswan’s LJP. Down in the dumps with just one MLA, the party spoiled the chances of the JD(U) with at least 30 seats.