JD(U)-BJP sweeps Bihar

The ruling Janata Dal (United)-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance on Wednesday smashed through the barriers of region, caste and gender to post the biggest-ever victory in an Assembly election in Bihar.


Although opinion and exit polls had predicted a landslide for the combine and a second innings for the Chief Minister, the scale of victory surpassed the most optimistic calculations, with the JD (U) and the BJP together capturing four-fifths of the seats (206) in the 243-member House.


The JD(U) won 115 of the 141 seats it contested, while the BJP made a near clean sweep, bagging 91 of the 102 seats it contested. The Rashtriya Janata Dal-Lok Jan Shakti Party alliance finished a distant second with 25 seats (RJD 22; LJP 3), while the Congress brought up the rear with four seats, five less than its previous tally. The Communist Party won one seat and independents/others, six.

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