The opposition Tejashwi Yadav-led opposition alliance in Bihar will win the most seats in Bihar and even cross the majority mark, with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's National Democratic Alliance (NDA) placing a distant second, an aggregate of opinion polls predicted on Saturday after three-phase voting completed in the state.
NDTV's poll of polls says the opposition coalition will win 128 of Bihar's 243 seats and the NDA, 99. Chirag Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) is given six seats,
The Bihar results will be announced on Tuesday, November 10.
Any party or coalition needs 122 for a majority in the 243-seat Bihar assembly. A disclaimer - exit polls often get it wrong.
The third and final phase of assembly elections concluded today in Bihar in which stakes are quite high for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is up against multiple rivals, including former ally Chirag Paswan. There was a 55.22 per cent turnout in Phase 3 of the polls, the Election Commission said today. In the last elections in 2015, the total turnout was 56.66 per cent.
This morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an appeal to voters to "set a new record" as polling began in the final phase. PM Modi, who attended 12 rallies during the campaign, had come out with an open letter addressed to the people of the state on Thursday saying he "needed" Nitish Kumar in the state so that the development of Bihar continued unhindered.
An estimated 54.1 per cent of the 2.34 crore voters cast their votes till 5 pm in Bihar where 78 assembly segments of the 243-strong Bihar Assembly are voting today.
Here are the highlights of Poll Of Exit Polls in Bihar:
#PollOfPolls at 9:05 pm: Tejashwi Yadav-led alliance to win 128 seats in Bihar, NDA 99, say exit polls
India Today-Axis My India
India Today Axis Poll
#PollOfPolls at 6:40 pm: The opposition coalition in Bihar led by Tejashwi Yadav will win 124 seats, just past the majority mark, and incumbent Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's National Democratic Alliance will win 110, an aggregate of opinion polls said on Saturday.
There was a 55.22 per cent turnout in Phase 3 of Bihar polls, the Election Commission said today. In the last elections in 2015, the total turnout was 56.66 per cent.
On Nitish Kumar: The chief minister highlighted central schemes over his own. Talked more about Ujjawala yojana and not much about what his government has done. Spark in the campaign was missing. There is a 15 year incumbency he is carrying. There is anger. When Nitish Kumar was being attacked, even personal barbs, by Chirag Paswan, PM Modi was silent. Nitish Kumar also announced this is his last election. He is just 69. Its not a good thing to drop the bombshell. The clarifications thereafter doesn't matter.
54.1 per cent people cast their votes till 5 pm in the third and final phase of assembly elections in Bihar -- down from 56.9 per cent in 2015 -- in which stakes are high for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is up against multiple rivals, including former ally Chirag Paswan.