Political corridors witness interesting twists and turns in Bihar where by-polls for one Lok Sabha and five Vidhan Sabha seats had taken place. While The Election Commission of India will announce the results later today, the trends suggest ruling NDA alliance comprising BJP, LJP and JDU trailing in four of five Vidhan Sabha seats with another undergoing a close contest.
Currently, the ruling alliance is ahead on just one of them – Nathnagar. Chief Minister Nitish Kumars JD(U), which held four of the five assembly seats going to by-polls, is trailing by substantial margins of over 10,000 votes in Daraundha, Simri Bakhtiarpur and Belhar and by a slender margin in Nathnagar.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) of Tejaswi Yadav is holding the lead in Simri-Bakhtiarpur and Belhar while an Independent candidate is leading in the Daraundha constituency.
Interesting trends are emerging in the Kishanganj constituency which is currently held by Congress. The candidate who holds the lead at the moment belongs to Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM). This party has been trying to establish itself as a major force in north Indian states but has failed so far.
The poor showing of the ruling coalition in the assembly by-elections has come months after it won 39 out of a total 40 Lok Sabha seats in the parliamentary poll in the state.