AGENCIES, Patna/New Delhi: Only 84,900 votes helped Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar gain a fourth straight term, shows data from the Election Commission a day after counting of votes in the state’s recently-concluded Assembly election. The overall difference in votes polled by the ruling NDA and the opposition alliance of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Congress and the Left was just 0.2 per cent.
According to the final results, in the NDA block, the BJP won 74 seats, polling 82,01,298 votes. Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United — which delivered an unprecedented dismal performance, yielding the big brother position to ally BJP after winning only 43 seats — polled 64,84,414 votes.
Former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM, which won four seats in its political debut, polled 3,75,564 votes. The VIP of Mukesh Sahni got 6,39,342 votes.
In the opposition Grand Alliance, the Congress, whose tally slid from the 27 seats of 2015 to 19 seats, polled 39,94,912 votes. The Rashtriya Janata Dal, which became the party with the highest number of seats with a haul of 75 seats, polled 96,63,584 votes.
The CPI(ML) — the marginalized Left bloc party which won 11 seats — polled 12,50,869 votes. The CPI polled 3,49,489 votes for the two seats they won and CPM won 3,56,855 votes for their three seats.