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BJP-led NDA wins 39 out of 40 seats in Bihar, decimates opposition completely

While the BJP won 17 out of the 17 seats it had contested, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's JD(U) registered victory on 16 out of 17 seats it had contested.

BJP-led NDA wins 39 out of 40 seats in Bihar, decimates opposition completely

PATNA: The BJP-led NDA registered a thumping victory in Bihar, winning 39 out of 40 seats at stake in the state. The performance of BJP-led NDA, which also includes JD(U) and LJP, is the best for any political formation in Bihar in decades.

While the BJP won 17 out of the 17 seats it had contested, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's JD(U) registered victory on 16 out of 17 seats it had contested. Lok Janshakti Party of Ram Vilas Paswan has a 100% strike rate as the party won all the six seats it had contested. Among the Mahagathbandhan parties, which include Congress, Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD), Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), Hindustan Awam Morcha (HAM) and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP), the RJD has performed very badly as it failed to even open its account. RJD's poor performance is noteworthy because it was the biggest party in Mahagathbandhan.

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JD(U) succeeded in wresting Bhagalpur seat from arch-rival Lalu Prasad's RJD with Ajay Mandal defeating sitting MP Shailesh Kumar alias Bulo Mandal by a thumping margin of 2.66 lakh votes. JD(U)'s Alok Kumar Suman bagged the reserved Gopalganj seat defeating Surendra Ram of the RJD. Sitting LJP MP Mehboob Ali Kaiser retained his seat defeating Mukesh Sahni, founding president of Vikassheel Insaan Party which was expected to galvanize Nishad voters for the Mahagathbandhan.

Here is the list of the successful candidates from Bihar in the Lok Sabha election 2019:
 
Constituency
Winner
Party
Valmiki Nagar
Baidyanath Prasad Mahto
JDU
Paschim Champaran
Dr Sanjay Jaiswal
 
BJP
Purvi Champaran
RADHA MOHAN SINGH
BJP
Sheohar
RAMA DEVI
BJP
Sitamarhi
Sunil Kumar Pintu
JDU
Madhubani
Ashok Kumar Yadav
 
BJP
Jhanjharpur
Ramprit Mandal
 
JDU
Supaul
Dileshwar Kamait
 
JDU
Araria
Pradeep Kumar Singh
BJP
Kishanganj
Dr. Mohammad Jawed
Congress
Katihar
Dulal Chandra Goswami
JDU
Purnia
Santosh Kumar
JDU
Madhepura
Dinesh Chandra Yadav
JDU
Darbhanga
Gopal Jee Thakur
BJP
Muzaffarpur
Ajay Nishad
BJP
Vaishali
Veena Devi (W/o Dinesh Prasad Singh)
Lok Jan Shakti Party
Gopalganj (SC)
Dr Alok Kumar Suman
JDU
Siwan
Kavita Singh
JDU
Maharajganj
Janardan Singh Sigriwal
BJP
Saran
Rajiv Pratap Rudy
BJP
Hajipur (SC)
Pashu Pati Kumar Paras
Lok Jan Shakti Party
Ujiarpur
Nityanand Rai
BJP
Samastipur (SC)
Ramchandra Paswan
Lok Jan Shakti Party
Begusarai
Giriraj Singh
BJP
Khagaria
Choudhary Mehboob Ali Kaiser
Lok Jan Shakti Party
Bhagalpur
Ajay Kumar Mandal
JDU
Banka
GIRIDHARI YADAV
JDU
Munger
RAJIV RANJAN SINGH ALIAS LALAN SINGH
JDU
Nalanda
Kaushlendra Kumar
JDU
Patna Sahib
RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD
BJP
Pataliputra
Ram Kripal Yadav
BJP
Arrah
RK Singh
BJP
Buxar
Ashwini Kumar Choubey
BJP
Sasaram (SC)
CHHEDI PASWAN
BJP
Karakat
Mahabali Singh
JDU
Jahanabad
 
 
Aurangabad
Sushil Kumar Singh
BJP
Gaya (SC)
Vijay Kumar
JDU
Nawada
Chandan Singh
Lok Jan Shakti Party
Jamui (SC)
Chirag Kumar Paswan
 
Lok Jan Shakti Party
 

Former Union minister and senior Congress leader Tariq Anwar lost his Katihar Lok Sabha seat to JDU's Dulal Chandra Goswami by a margin of about 57,000 votes. The Mahagathbandhan won only in Kishanganj and this seat was won by Congress. This is the worst performance of the grand old party in Bihar where it is already a marginal player. In 2014, Congress had won two seats, while RJD had four. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad registered a comprehensive win over Shatrughan Sinha, who had crossed over to the Congress less than two months ago, from Patna Sahib. In Begusarai, Union minister Giriraj Singh defeated his CPI rival Kanhaiya Kumar.

The RLSP, HAM and VIP had contested on 11 seats but these parties failed to win even a single seat. RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha, who had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha poll as an NDA ally but switched sides before this poll, faced defeat from both Ujiyarpur and Karakat Lok Sabha seats. Former Bihar Chief Minister and HAM founder Jitan Ram Manjhi failed to win in Gaya and two other HAM candidates faced a humiliating defeat in Nalanda and Aurangabad.

The verdict sends a clear message that Extremely Backward Castes (EBCs), which constitute around 30% of the voters in Bihar, came out in support for the NDA with full force. It became possible only because of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who enjoys very good popularity among the EBCs.Another important thing which is noticeable is the landslide victory in north Bihar constituencies, which are along India-Nepal border. The victory of BJP-led NDA in Darbhanga, Madhubani, Champaran, Supaul, Araria and Kishanganj Lok Sabha seats reflects the mood of the people who are more interested in national security than blindly following the leader of their caste.

The mauling at the hustings will raise questions over the leadership abilities of Tejashwi Yadav as it has become apparent after the defeat that he is not capable of steering the party in the absence of his incarcerated father Lalu Prasad Yadav. Today's verdict will also set alarm bells ringing in the RJD camp before the 2020 Assembly elections as Tejashwi will find it tough to hold his MLAs together.