Bihar Elections 2020 LIVE Updates: With Razor-thin Margin, Exit Polls Predict Victory for Grand Alliance, Tejashwi Likely to be CM

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As various exit polls on Saturday predicted a clear win for the opposition Grand Alliance or Mahagathbandhan, the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar reacted with scepticism. NDA asserted that these surveys have often failed to take into account large numbers of 'silent voters'.

Leaders of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress, which are at the helm of the Grand Alliance reacted with predictable glee over the exit polls predictions. The exit polls claimed that the anti-incumbency wave was strong during the state elections. As none of the polls gave Lok Janshakti Party significant numbers, Chirag Paswan insisted that its rebellion against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, JD(U) stood vindicated.

The RJD which as per exit polls would return to the leadership under Tejashwi Yadav seemed jubilant. "Indeed, magnificent", was a pithy two-line tweet from Manoj Jha, the national spokesman of the party.

The Times Now-C Voter gave 116 to Kumar’s NDA of Bihar’s 243 seats and a slight lead for the opposition Grand Alliance at 120. Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party is predicted to win only one seat. While, Republic’s TV-Jan Ki Baat gave 118-138 seats to the RJD-Congress-Left coalition, and 91-117 seats to the ruling NDA. The channel projected RJD to be the single-largest party. The ABP-CVoter survey predicted 104 to 128 seats for Kumar and his allies, 108-131 for the Mahagathbandhan, and four to eight seats for other parties.

Any party or coalition needs 122 for a majority in the 243-seat Bihar Assembly.

RJD Urges Supporters to Maintain Peace on Result Day

राजद के सभी कार्यकर्ता स्मरण रखें-10 नवम्बर को चुनाव परिणाम कुछ भी हों उसे पूरे संयम, सादगी और शिष्टाचार से स्वीकारना है।अनुचित आतिशबाज़ी, हर्ष फायरिंग, प्रतिद्वंदियों अथवा उनके समर्थकों के साथ अशिष्ट व्यवहार इत्यादि किसी कीमत पर स्वीकार नहीं होगा।

— Rashtriya Janata Dal (@RJDforIndia) November 8, 2020

Congress AppointsRandeep Singh Surjewala, Avinash Pandey as Observers of Bihar

Congress President Sonia Gandhi appoints Congress General Secretaries Randeep Singh Surjewala & Avinash Pandey as Observers of Bihar; both leaders will be reaching Patna today. They'll decide on political activities post poll results after talks with central leadership: Sources

— ANI (@ANI) November 8, 2020

Bihar Has Voted for Change: Congress

With the exit polls for Bihar out, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said exit polls are interesting as they provided employment to some people who use small samples, but people speak up at the end. "We are confident that Bihar has voted for a change and Bihar will vote for the change," he said.

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