Exit polls give RJD-led alliance advantage in Bihar elections

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New Delhi: It will be a tight race between the NDA and the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan with the latter having an edge in Bihar, exit polls have predicted soon after the third and final phase of polling for the 243-member Assembly concluded Friday. Some exit polls are also indicating a hung house.

The third phase voting for the 243-member Bihar Assembly concluded at 6 pm. The majority mark is 122.

According to Times Now-CVoter exit poll, the BJP-led NDA, in which JD(U) is in alliance, is expected to get 116 seats while the Grand Alliance is projected to get 120.

The Republic TV-Jan ki Baat exit polls, on the other hand, has projected a win for the Mahagathbandhan, which is expected to win as many as 138 seats.

According to the India TV Axis Poll, RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav (31) is the preferred choice for the next chief minister.

The first phase of voting took place on October 28 and the second phase on November 03. The results will be declared on November 10.

An election exit poll is a poll of voters taken soon after a voter walks out after casting his or her vote. It is considered as an indicator to which party forms the government.

The Bihar election is being seen as a referendum on three-time Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whose JD(U) is in alliance with the BJP-led NDA. In the 2015 election, the JD(U) was part of the Mahagathbandhan.

The ruling NDA alliance faces a stiff challenge from the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance).

Meanwhile, Chirag Paswan’s LJP has decided to go alone in the elections, fighting against the JD(U). However, it has been consistent on continuing to be part of the BJP-led NDA at the Centre.

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