Bihar battle: Sad Sunday for BJP, Diwali crackers for Nitish-Lalu duo

It was a Sad Sunday for the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi as what was touted as a photo-finish electoral contest turned into a clear victory for the Grand Alliance led by incumbent Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in the Hindi heartland state of Bihar.
As the counting began early Sunday morning, initial leads suggested the BJP-led NDA leading in more seats than its rivals, but the premature euphoria and celebrations turned into gloom and doom for the ruling party at the Centre, with the final phase of the counting showing the Grand Alliance leading in more than 150 seats. The alliance look set to get nearly double the seats secured by the BJP-led alliance in Bihar.

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Battle for Bihar: Development vs caste in electoral calculus

The northern state of Bihar in India has always been synonymous with caste-based crime. However, Bihar’s Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of Janta Dal (U) has managed to change this image and is steadily taking the state towards an inclusive growth.

A resource-rich state with a vote bank of 66.82 million, Kumar has managed to put up an issue based election agenda here. But leaders of rival political parties have managed to pull back the caste politics ahead of the development plank ahead of the crucial assembly elections.

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