Bihar Polls: In 33 Seats, Mahagathbandhan’s Defeat Margin Was Smaller Than Votes Polled by LJP or BSP

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A security official keeps a vigil as voters stand in queues to cast their votes at a polling station during the third phase of Bihar Assembly Elections, at Mahua in Vaishali district. — PTI

Out of the 33 seats, there are 7 seats where the defeat margin for MGB is less than 2,000 votes–even less than 500 in 4 of them

Mumtaz Alam | Clarion India

NEW DELHI — The just-concluded elections to the Bihar legislative assembly have revealed such close battles that political parties and poll analysts are still busy diving deep into the results data to find out what went right or wrong and where.

In the tight race, BJP-led NDA secured 125 seats in the 243-member House to remain in power and the journey of the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan (MGB) stopped at 110.

Results data shows that NDA, particularly JDU, lost several seats due to the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP). But at the same time, there are 30 seats where the defeat margin of MGB is smaller than the votes polled by the same LJP alone. At 3 other seats also, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) got more votes than the defeat margin of MGB.

On 33 Seats Won by NDA, Defeat Margin of MGB

is Smaller Than Votes Polled by LJP or BSP

Seats

NDA

Mahagathbandhan

LJP

BSP

Victory Margin

Alinagar

VIP- 61082

RJD- 57981

8850

 

3101

Amarpur

JDU- 54308

Congress- 51194

40308

 

3114

Asthawan

JDU- 51525

RJD- 39925

21844

 

11600

Bachhwara

BJP- 54738

CPI- 54254

 

1093

484

Bahadurpur

JDU- 68538

RJD- 65909

16873

 

2629

Barachatti

HAM- 72491

RJD- 66173

11244

9721

6318

Barbigha

JDU- 39878

Congress- 39765

18930

 

113

Beldaur

JDU- 56541

Congress- 51433

31229

 

5108

Belhar

JDU- 73589

RJD- 71116

5312

6127

2473

Benipur

JDU- 61416

Congress- 54826

17616

 

6590

Bhorey

JDU- 74067

CPI-ML(L)- 73605

4520

 

462

Gaura Bauram

VIP- 59538

RJD- 52258

9123

 

7280

Govindganj

BJP- 65544

Congress- 37620

31300

 

27924

Harnaut

JDU- 65404

Congress- 21144

38163

6846

27241

Hilsa

JDU- 61848

RJD- 61836

17471

 

12

Jhajha

JDU- 76972

RJD- 75293

11762

 

1679

Kalyanpur

JDU- 72279

CPI-ML(L)- 62028

23163

 

10251

Kesaria

JDU- 40219

RJD- 30992

18904

 

9227

Kusheshwar Asthan

JDU- 53980

Congress- 46758

13362

 

7222

Parbatta

JDU- 77226

RJD- 76275

11576

 

951

Rajgir

JDU- 67191

Congress- 51143

11174

4954

16048

Raniganj

JDU- 81901

RJD- 79597

5038

 

2304

Rupauli

JDU- 64324

CPI- 41963

44994

 

19330

Sakra

JDU- 67265

Congress- 65728

13528       

 

1537

Sarairanjan

JDU- 72666

RJD- 69042

11224

 

3624

Sikandra

HAM- 47061

Congress- 41556

10703

 

5505

Sonbarsha

JDU- 67678

Congress- 54212

13566

2848

13466

Sursand

JDU- 67193

RJD- 58317

20281

 

8876

Tarapur

JDU- 64468

RJD- 57243

11264

 

7225

Tikari

HAM- 70359

Congress- 67729

16385

 

2630

Triveniganj

JDU- 79458

RJD- 76427

5194

 

3031

Vaishali

JDU- 69780

Congress- 62367

33351

 

7413

Warisnagar

JDU- 68356

CPI-ML(L)- 54555

23928

 

13801

 

Out of the 33 seats, there are 7 seats where the defeat margin for MGB is less than 2,000 votes–even less than 500 in 4 of them.

RJD lost most of those seats–15–followed by the Congress with 13, CPI-ML(L) 3 and CPI lost 2 seats.

On the other side, JDU won most of those seats–26–followed by the Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) (HAM) with 3 seats and BJP and the Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) with 2 seats each.

Besides, there is one seat (Gopalganj) where the BSP candidate got more votes (41,039 votes) than the Congress (36,460 votes). Here, Nationalist Congress Party candidate Sikandar Azam got 1,131 votes. The seat was won by BJP.

Performance of Political Parties in Bihar Elections

Assembly Elections 2015

Assembly Elections 2020

Parties

Seats Won

Parties

Seats Won

RJD

80

RJD

75

JDU

71

JDU

43

BJP

53

BJP

74

Congress

27

Congress

19

CPI-ML (L)

3

CPI-ML (L)

12

LJP

2

LJP

1

RLSP

2

RLSP

0

HAM

1

HAM

4

AIMIM

5

VIP

4

CPI

2

CPI-M

2

BSP

1

Independent

4

Independent

1

Total

243

Total

243

Compared to the 2015 assembly elections, BJP has emerged as the biggest gainer in this poll as it increased its tally from 53 to 74. But JDU has suffered the biggest loss as its tally went down from 71 in 2015 to 43 in 2020.

Outside NDA and MGB camps, the biggest gainer this time is AIMIM of Asaduddin Owaisi which has won 5 seats, its highest tally in Assembly polls outside Telangana. AIMIM has won 4 out of 5 seats by defeating NDA candidates.

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