Galvanised by the Bihar victory, the ruling party has set itself a target of winning more than 200 of Bengal's 294 seats. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an announcement to this effect and the BJP is committed to it. Nitishji will be the CM of Bihar (again)", Fadnavis said.
Of the Grand Alliance 110 seats, RJD's allies Congress won 19 seats and the Left parties secured 16 seats - the Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist (Liberation) winning 12, Communist Party of India and the Communist Party of India-Marxist won two seats each.
But BJP seems to now have an upper hand as it will be able to demand a larger share in the ministerial pie and a greater say in governance. Its ally BSP also clinched one seat.
"With pollsters crediting woman voters' preference for the BJP-JD (U) alliance for its win in the hard-fought battle, Modi said India's "nari shakti" (women power) are the BJP's "silent voters" being discussed by experts".
The 2020 Bihar Assembly elections also marked the coming of age of a 31-year old Tejashwi Yadav, who as chief ministerial face led the Mahagathbandhan to winning 110 seats, 15 less than the NDA, the eventual victor.
Meanwhile, the Chirag Paswan-headed Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) has fielded Rakesh Raushan to make the contest triangular for the seat which went to polls in the second phase on 3 November. Tejashwi's ability to lead the party in the absence of his charismatic father and party supremo Lalu Prasad, who had landed in jail after conviction in fodder scam cases, was called into question.
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Counting of votes, which got underway at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, concluded late in the night and the final results were declared by the Election Commission at 4.30 a.m. on Wednesday for the three-phase Bihar Assembly elections that may herald a new era in the state politics, declining many exit polls predictions which indicated victory for the RJD-led Grand Alliance.
Mahagathbandhan constitutes RJD (144 seats) and the Congress with 70 seats.
Brothers Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap won the Raghopur and Hasanpur seats with impressive margins of 38,174 and 21,139 votes respectively.
State Assembly speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary of the JD (U) was among the victors. Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United), which fought from 115 seats, won only 43.
HAM president Jitan Ram Manjhi defeated former state Assembly speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary in Imamganj of Gaya district.