Patna, Jul 10: In what could be termed as a major setback to the ruling JD(U)-RJD alliance in Bihar, rival BJP-led NDA alliance has won 14 out of 24 seats in the state legislative council elections on Friday.
Ruling JD(U) (5 seats) and RJD (3 seats) managed to win just 8 seats while remaining were won by Congress and an Independent each.
The Independent candidate Ritlal Yadav, who is lodged in Beur jail, won from Patna seat. Yadav, a criminal-turned-politician, is considered close to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
Today's results could be understood as a huge blow to Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav, who joined hands to counter their common foe i.e. BJP. Bihar CM had termed these polls as a semifinal before the state goes for polls in the month of October, this year.
Friday's results show BJP, that was seeking votes in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is enjoying popularity amongst voters.
Earlier in the day, JD(U)'s candidate Reena Yadav has won from Nalanda seat and the party has also won from Muzaffarpur seat. BJP's candidate Sachidanand Rai won from Chapra and Aurangabad seat.
The election for 24 seats of Bihar Legislative council were held on Tuesday with an estimated 94 percent voting recorded during the polls. Altogether, 152 contestants were in the fray for the 24 council seats.