New Delhi, Nov 8: The 'Grand Alliance' of JD(U), RJD and Congress on Sunday, Nov 8, won majority to form the government in Bihar, bagging 178 seats out of the 243 assembly seats, leaving behind NDA, which bagged just 58 seats.
Grand Alliance partner JD(U) won 71 seats, while its ally RJD won on 80 and Congress won 27 seats. The NDA bagged only 58 seats with BJP securing 53, RLSP of Union minister Upendra Kushwaha- 2, LJP- 2 and HAM(S) of Jitan Ram Manjhi got 1.
Here are the latest live updates from high-stakes Bihar Assembly Election 2015:
7.40 pm: JDU celebrates Bihar victory with a 6-foot cake for Nitish Kumar.
7.15 pm: "It is a huge defeat. There must have been mistakes otherwise we wouldn't have been defeated", says BJP spoekesperson Sambit Patra.
7.05 pm: "Ministerial berths for Lalu's sons Tejaswi, Tej Pratap? Why not", says sister Misa Bharti.
7.00 pm: "Gone are the days of BJP in Bihar now", says JD(U) leader KC Tyagi.
6.55 pm: 2.5 per cent of electorate opt for 'NOTA' option.
6.50 pm: Grand Alliance secures majority in Bihar Assembly
6.45 pm: "I had tried telling my party to refrain from doing 'negative' politics but I was not called by them", BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha.
6.40 pm: "Nitish Kumar has conceded more than 40 seats, the biggest loser", says BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao.
6.35 pm: Bihar poll verdict historic, a defeat to communal forces, says BSP.
6.30 pm: "I have always stated that Bihar Elections will give new dimension to Indian politics", says NCP leader Sharad Pawar.
6.25 pm: "This is a rejection of BJP's divisive agenda", says Congress leader Capt Amarinder Singh on Bihar Results.
6.15 pm: RJD candidates who won: Ravindra Singh wins from Arwal constituency and Shakti Singh Yadav wins from Hilsa constituency, Vijay Prakash wins from Jamui constituency
6.00 pm: BJP's Ranvijay Singh wins from Bakhtiarpur constituency.
5.50 pm: "We will extend our full support to the Govt for development in state, will play role of constructive opposition", says Sushil Modi.
5.45 pm: "People have given clear majority to Mahagathbandhan, it's good that it's not a fractured mandate: Senior BJP leader Sushil Modi.
5.42 pm: JD(U)'s Shyam Rajak wins from Phulwari constituency.
5.41 pm: Congress candidates: Mohammad Jawaid wins from Kishanganj constituency, Ajeet Sharma wins from Bhagalpur constituency, Ramdeo Rai wins from Bachhwara constituency, Amita Bhushan wins from Begusarai constituency.
5.40 pm: Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi addresses media at BJP office in Patna.
5.35 pm: BJP's Prem Kumar wins from the constituency of Gaya Town.
5.30 pm: Tally at present: JD(U) + = 179, BJP + = 58, Others = 6
5.25 pm: "PM did not fulfill any of promises he made to people,prices of pulses increased, people observed all this", says Rabri Devi.
5.15 pm: "Delhi & Bihar results have proved that people are upset with Modi's style of working", says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
5.00 pm: Dancing and drumbeats in Delhi as Grand Alliance set for thumping win in #Bihar
4.50 pm: "There is a growing desire in the country for a strong opposition, it is also the requirement of a functioning democracy. This election will be seen as a milestone among elections", says Nitish Kumar.
4.35 pm: Efforts were made to communalise the society, but people of Bihar defeated that attempt: Lalu Prasad Yadav.
The BJP had its eyes on Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal. It wanted to move eastwards. Bihar stopped them in tracks: Laloo Yadav.— ANI (@ANI_news) November 8, 2015
4.20 pm: This is a huge victory which suggests people of Bihar have aspirations, we will match up with their expectations. People across nation definitely wish for an effective opposition,we will respect our opposition: Nitish Kumar.
4.00 pm: I want to congratulate people in Bihar. Its a great victory for Hindu mind which is liberal: Kapil Sibal, Congress
3.40 pm: I will tour the ountry and create a people's movement against Modi government; Bihar results will have long-term impact on national politics: Lalu.
3.30 pm: We express our gratitude to the people of Bihar for giving such a mandate to the Grand Alliance. Together we have decimated the BJP: Lalu Prasad Yadav at Press Conference.
3.20 pm: Hindustani Awam Morcha's Jitan Ram Manjhi wins Imamganj seat; beats Uday Narain Choudhary of JD(U) by a margin of 29,408 votes.
3.05 pm: Bihar Results Tally till 3 pm:
Grand Alliance 173 (Won 74; Lead 99): JD-U (Won 29; Lead 41); RJD (Won 47; Led 30); INC (Won 18; Lead 9)
NDA 62 (Won 23; Lead 38): BJP (Won 20; Lead 35); HAM (Won 1; Lead 0); LJP (Won 1; Lead 1); RLSP (Won 1; Lead 2)
Others 8 (Won 5; Lead 3).
3.00 pm: Nitish Kumar greets supporters outside his residence at Patna. Thanks them for the support in Bihar polls.
2.45 pm: We respect the mandate given by the people of Bihar: HM Rajnath Singh.
Package for Bihar is a commitment given by the PM which will be fulfilled by the Centre at all cost: Rajnath Singh pic.twitter.com/yEHs3w7Hlx— ANI (@ANI_news) November 8, 2015
2.30 pm: I congratulate Lalu ji's vision and Nitish ji's hardwork: Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat
2.15 pm: After Chai Pe Charcha in BJP now Shah Pe Charcha: Raj Thackeray.
2.00 pm: Rejection of Narendra Modi and his arrogance, great victory for people of Bihar: Anand Sharma, Congress.
1.50 pm: These are internal discussions,we can't talk about these issues publicly: Rahul Gandhi on whether Congress will be part of Bihar Govt.
1.40 pm: I want Mr. Modi to tone down his arrogance, it will be good for him and for the nation as well: Rahul Gandhi.
1.30 pm: We accept and respect the mandate of the people: Ravi Shankar Prasad.
1.25 pm: MGB-162; NDA-73; Left-02; Others-06.
1.20 pm: We introduced ourselves to people of Bihar,have established our organization there. Wherever there will be a non-Congress face, Mr.Modi and BJP will lose from there: Asaduddin Owaisi.
1.10 pm: BJP loses,India wins,BJP loses,India is saved: Derek O Brien, TMC.
1.00 pm: Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh congratulate Nitish Kumar for landslide victory.
हम बिहार की जनता के जनादेश का सम्मान करते हैं | नई सरकार को मेरी शुभकामनाएं कि वह बिहार को विकास के पथ पर आगे ले जाए |— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) November 8, 2015
12.55 pm: New posters of Nitish Kumar put up in Patna following, Grand Alliance's victory.
12.50 pm: We had never thought that Mahagatbandhan will perform so well, congratulate Nitish ji and Lalu ji: Chirag Paswan,LJP
12.45 pm: Congress (16) set to win more seats than all BJP's allies combined (LJP-6; HAM-1; RLSP-3).
12.40 pm: This is a victory of unity over divisiveness. Humility over arrogance. Love over hate. A victory of the people of Bihar: Rahul Gandhi.
Congratulations to the people of Bihar, to Nitishji,to Laluji,to the Congress leaders &karyakartas & the Mahagathbandhan on this victory— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) November 8, 2015
12.30 pm: Yes intolerance was an issue, PM should have taken strong action against errant ministers and leaders: P Chidambaram.
12.25 pm: Latest party wise breakdown: RJD 76, JDU 73, BJP 59, INC 18, LJP 3, RLSP 4, HAM 1, BSP 1, CPI 2, Others 6.
12.20 pm: Lalu Yadav thanks people of Bihar for victory in Bihar polls.
गरीबों, मजलूमों, उपेक्षितों और समस्त बिहारवासियों को मैं नतमस्तक होकर इस ऐतिहासिक जीत के लिए कोटि कोटि धन्यवाद देता हूँ.— Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) November 8, 2015
12.15 pm: Wishing great luck to our victorious friends & appealing for introspection to our ppl.The writing was always on the wall: Shatrughan Sinha.
12.13 pm: It appears that the issue of Bihari vs Bahari (and Bihari Babu's absence) has been settled once and for all: Shatrughan Sinha.
12.05 pm: PM Modi congratulates Nitish Kumar for victory in Bihar Assembly Elections. Nitish thanks the PM for the call.
Just received a phone call from the Prime Minister congratulating me.— Nitish Kumar (@NitishKumar) November 8, 2015
Had a telephone conversation with Shri @nitishkumar & congratulated him on the victory.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 8, 2015
12.00 pm: RK Singh and Shatrughan Sinha have betrayed us, action should be taken against them: BJP General Secretary P Murlidhar Rao.
11.50 am: This election was projected as a political war b/w Modi ji and Nitish Kumar. Nitish Kumar has won in this battle: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah.
11.40 am: Well done Bihar Congratulations to leaders&workers of Congress,RJD & JDU.They have worked hard to defeat the false claims of NDA: Ahmed Patel, Congress
11.30 am: Mamata Banerjee, Arvind Kejriwal congratulate CM Nitish Kumar for massive victory.
इस एतिहासिक जीत के लिए बहुत बहुत बधाई हो नीतीश जी— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 8, 2015
Congratulations @NitishKumar ji, Lalu ji & your full team. And all my Bihar brothers & sisters. Victory of tolerance, defeat of intolerance— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 8, 2015
11.25 am: Every election is a learning curve for all political parties, will accept whatever the final result is: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi,BJP.
Every election is a learning curve for all political parties, will accept whatever the final result is- MA Naqvi,BJP pic.twitter.com/IQOeXvwnLO— ANI (@ANI_news) November 8, 2015
11.15 am: When Congress loses then its Sonia ji's responsibility, similarly BJP must accept that Bihar Results is Modiji's responsibility: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena.
This is a big win for Nitish Kumar, he has emerged as a political hero- Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena pic.twitter.com/UFD257AFSo— ANI (@ANI_news) November 8, 2015
11.10 am: Celebration outside CM Nitish Kumar's residence in Patna after trends show Mahagatbandhan heading for simple majority.
10.55 am: Latest party wise breakdown RJD 68, JDU 67, BJP 65, INC 14, LJP 9, RLSP 6, HAM 3, JAP 1, CPI 1.
10.50 am: BJP's Nand Kishore Yadav is trailing by over 2000 votes from Patna Sahib constituency.
10:36 am: Mahagathbandhan heading for a clear majority, leading over 155 seats, NDA on 79, Other 8.
10.30 am: Party wise breakdown of leads: JD(U) 66, RJD 63, BJP 62, Congress 12, LJP 10, RLSP 5, HAM 5, JAP 2, CPI 1, BSP 1, Other 6.
10.20 am: This is nothing, we will cross 140 seats: Misa Bharti, RJD.
10.11 am: According to EC data, after 5 rounds of counting Mahagathbandan leads in 135 seats, NDA in 90, Others in 7.
I congratulate ppl of Bihar, I think we will get close to 150 seats-Sharad Yadav,JDU on trends showing Mahagatbandhan leading #BiharResults— ANI (@ANI_news) November 8, 2015
10.00 am: Celebration outside RJD Office in Patna after trends show Grand Alliance leading.
9.58 am: Mahagathbandhan leading over 127 seats, NDA trails behind leads in 92 seats, others 7.
Lalu surging, leading in 40. BJP allies faltering? Kushwaha damp squib. Latest trends suggest BJP+ may halt at less than 100. #ABPNews— কাঞ্চন গুপ্ত (@KanchanGupta) November 8, 2015
9.50 am: Amit Shah calls BJP Parliamentary board meeting at 12 noon tomorrow, Bihar likely to be discussed.
9.40 am: NDA leading in 91 seats, Mahagathbandhan in 99, others 9.
9.33 am: Lalu Yadav's second son Tej Pratap is also trailing from Mahua Assembly seat.
9.30 pm: Jitan Ram Manjhi trailing with 278 votes from Makhdumpur seat.
9.25 pm: Congress' Akhilesh Prasad Singh leading from Bhojpur's Tarari seat.
9.20 am: Lalu Yadav's son Tejaswi Yadav trailing from Raghopur seat, NDA's nominee Satish Kumar now ahead.
9.13 am: AIMIM opens its account, Asaduddin Owaisi's candidate ahead from Purnia's Baisi seat.
9.07 am: Gap between NDA and Grand Alliance in now closing in. Its neck to neck fight between both the alliances.
9.00 am: BJP ki sarkar banegi, jis tarah se vikas ke liye vote pada hai, hum Bihar ki janta ko badhaai dete hain(BJP will win, people have voted for development): Kailash Vijayvargiya, BJP.
8.58 am: First round of counting in Gaya ends, Jitan Ram Manjhi leading in Imamganj by 500 votes.
8.55 am: Won't say no to being CM if people want me: HAM's Jitan Ram Manjhi.
8.45 am: Lalu Yadav's son Tejaswi Yadav leading from Raghopur seat in early trends.
8.40 am: Wishing all of our people success as the final counting ensues and the long awaited results start to unfold. Jai Bihar: Shatrughan Sinha.
8.30 am: HAM's Jitan Ram Manjhi leading from Makhdumpur seat in early trends, official Election Commission figures awaited.
8.25 am: "I am sure victory will be ours. But I keep my fingers crossed," BJP spokesman Sambit Patra.
8.16 am: Trends coming from 8 seats; NDA leading on 4, Mahagadhbandhan leading on 4.
8.10 am: Total 14-22 rounds of counting will take place in Bihar.
8.00 am: Counting of votes begin for Bihar Assembly Elections, trends to come out at from 9 am onwards.
7.15 am: 'Good morning, we are winning,' says Lalu Yadav ahead of counting of votes.
7.10 am: Election Commission has imposed ban over victory rally of candidates across the state.
7.05 am: Counting of votes polled for 243 assembly seats will begin at 8 a.m. and the first trends will be available from 9 a.m. onwards.
In a verdict that is bound to have a national impact, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD leader Lalu Prasad on Sunday trounced the BJP to win the bitterly fought Bihar assembly polls and deliver a major blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who led his party's challenge.