What worked for Mahaghatbandan and what did not work for BJP in Bihar

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New Delhi, Nov 8: The mother of all elections in Bihar is finally over and it is the Mahaghatbandan which has had the last laugh. There are various factors that worked for the Mahaghatbandan and several that did not work for the Bharatiya Janata Party led National Democratic Alliance.

Leading psephologist and number cruncher, Dr Sandeep Shastri who had told OneIndia three days back what the Mahaghatbandan will go through discusses what went right and what went wrong in this fiercely contested battle.

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Bihar polls: What worked for Mahaghatban

For the Mahaghatbandan the projection of Nitish Kumar as the Chief Minister has worked very well. "As I had pointed out earlier that the alliance which manages the vote transfer will win the election. The RJD and the JD(U) have managed this very well and this has resulted in their victory" he said.

"Moreover the Mahaghatbandan ensured that their campaign was up to the mark and this resulted in the victory of the social justice agenda. The less privileged, socially and economically backward who are more dependant on the state seem to have titled the verdict in favour of the Mahaghatbandan.

Moreover the people of Bihar have shown that they have faith in Nitish Kumar and have voted for his development promise and also record," he said.

Bihar Assembly Elections 2015 Result
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For the BJP led alliance there are a lot of factors that have gone wrong in these elections. "I would not say anything about it being a referendum on Narendra Modi or not, but the communalization of the elections has certainly not worked in their favour. However the bigger factor is that their seat sharing has not worked well for them," Shastri said.

The allies did not live up to their expectations. If one looks at the leads at the moment, it is clear that the alliance partners have managed to take a very few margin of the seats. This has cost the BJP dearly and they may re-think on this.

The BJP may feel that they should have contested more seats on their own and this could have got them a better result. However the long and short of the entire election is that the alliance partner which ensured the transfer of votes has finally won the Bihar poll.

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