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Bihar Election Result 2020 Updates: NDA partners to meet tomorrow in Patna, alliance will decide on oath-taking, says Nitish

Bihar Election Result 2020 LIVE Updates: Addressing a press conference after meeting newly-elected MLAs of the JD(U) on Thursday, Nitish Kumar said that the NDA will be forming the new government in Bihar as people have given it the mandate

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Bihar Election Result 2020 Updates: NDA partners to meet tomorrow in Patna, alliance will decide on oath-taking, says Nitish

File image of Nitish Kumar at rally in Bihar. PTI

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Nov 12, 2020 - 20:34 (IST)

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BJP will decide whether to retain LJP in NDA, says Nitish

 Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whose JD(U) suffered a major slump in seats in the Assembly polls on account of the rebellion by Chirag Paswan, on Thursday said it is for the alliance spearhead BJP to take a call on whether to retain the LJP in the NDA.

Talking to reporters for the first time after the NDA's victory, Kumar, who is set for yet another term in office, said the date for his swearing-in ceremony will be discussed at an "informal" meeting of all the four NDA constituents on Friday.

"You make suggestions to this effect", Kumar replied laughingly when asked whether he would ask the BJP to drop the LJP from the NDA at the Centre in the wake of its brinkmanship that scuppered the chances of JD(U) candidates in several seats.

"In any case, it is for the BJP to decide. I have nothing to say in the matter," said Kumar, who is the national president of the JD(U).

Nov 12, 2020 - 19:39 (IST)

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Decision on CM post will be taken by NDA, says Nitish Kumar

Addressing a press conference after meeting newly-elected MLAs of the JD(U) on Thursday, Nitish Kumar said that the NDA will be forming the new government in Bihar as people have given it the mandate. The alliance partners are set to meet on Friday.

When asked about who will be named as the chief minister, Nitish said, "I have made no claim, the decision will be taken by the NDA."

"It is not decided yet when the oath ceremony will take place, whether after Diwali or Chhath. We are analysing the results of this election. Members of all four parties will meet tomorrow," he added.

Nov 12, 2020 - 19:31 (IST)

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Nitish Kumar says swearing in date to be decided tomorrow

JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar, who is set to helm the Bihar government for the fourth consecutive time after an NDA victory in the Assembly polls, on Thursday put speculation about the date of the swearing in ceremony to rest.

He said, "Decision on date of swearing-in after an informal meeting with NDA partners tomorrow. It is not decided yet when the oath ceremony will take place, whether after Diwali or Chhath. We are analysing the results of this election."

Nov 12, 2020 - 18:29 (IST)

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Amit Shah says people with 'hostile view about everything' were rejected in polls

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said people in Bihar, Gujarat and other states, where elections were held recently, have "rejected the leaders who only find fault with everything". People have given a message that they stand behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he claimed.

"Some political leaders and parties are `vakra-drashta', as they have a hostile view about everything. They have a habit of finding fault with everything which is good for people," the senior BJP leader said.

"These leaders talk too much, as they apparently think that their falsehoods will be accepted as the truth if they keep repeating it," Shah said.

Nov 12, 2020 - 18:17 (IST)

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Nitish Kumar's tenure as Bihar CM:

In 2005, Nitish Kumar became Bihar chief minister after the NDA secured a full majority, and returned to power five years later. In 2014, he stepped down owning moral responsibility for the JD(U)'s debacle in the Lok Sabha elections but returned as the CM less than a year later.

In November 2015, the Grand Alliance comprising the JD(U), RJD and the Congress, which declared him as its chief ministerial candidate, won the Assembly elections and Kumar was again sworn in. In July, 2017 he stepped down heeding his "inner voice" which had been tormenting him over his then deputy Tejashwi Yadav's name cropping up in a money laundering case.

Kumar was, however, sworn in again the very next day when he formed a new government with the BJP.

Nov 12, 2020 - 18:05 (IST)

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Nitish Kumar to be longest-serving CM of Bihar

Kumar, who looks on course to becoming the longest serving chief minister of the state during his new term, was expected to take oath on or after Monday next week before which he will send his resignation to the governor since his current tenure expires at the end of November.

The record is currently held by the state's first chief minister Srikrishna Sinha who was in office for 17 years and 52 days. Kumar has so far helmed the state for 14 years and 82 days.

Upon being administered the oath of office, Kumar will also hold the distinction of having been sworn in seven times as chief minister in two decades. He first took oath as chief minister in 2000 when the state threw up a hung Assembly but resigned a few days later for want of adequate number of MLAs backing him.

Nov 12, 2020 - 18:01 (IST)

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New Bihar govt likely to be sworn in after Diwali

With the NDA getting a comfortable majority in the Bihar assembly, all eyes are now on the formation of the next government which will likely be sworn in soon after the Diwali festivities get over later this week, PTI quoted sources as saying.

They said JD(U) president Nitish Kumar will be back as the chief minister for yet another term in office.

Nov 12, 2020 - 17:48 (IST)

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Akhilesh Yadav claims 'irregularities' in polls hampered Oppn's win

 Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday alleged irregularities in the Bihar Assembly polls and claimed that the Grand Alliance of RJD, Congress, and the Left was poised to win the election but "could not do so at the last moment".

"We wanted to talk about the irregularities done with us (in Uttar Pradesh), but a more serious one has happened in Bihar. Tejashwi Yadav was poised to make his government but could not do so at the last moment. All those who have faith in democratic values are unhappy today and asking if this is how elections will be fought," he told reporters.

Yadav claimed that with only 14,000 more votes, the opposition alliance would  have emerged as victorious in Bihar. "The Bihar election was more nail-biting than the US (presidential) polls. I do not know which trick the BJP used. This is the speciality of the BJP," the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said.

Nov 12, 2020 - 17:33 (IST)

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Congress' Tariq Anwar says Grand Alliance lost majority because of party's 'weak show'

Congress general secretary Tariq Anwar on Thursday said that the Grand Alliance between his party, RJD and the Left parties didn't gain majority in the Assembly polls "due to the Congress' "weak show"".

"We must accept the truth. Due to the weak performance of Congress, Bihar was left out of the Grand Alliance Government. MIM's entry into Bihar is not auspicious sign," he tweeted.

ANI also quoted him as saying, "Our performance was not as good as RJD and Left. They performed way better than us. Had we performed like them, there would have been a Mahagathbandhan government in Bihar. People of Bihar wanted the same and had made up their mind for a change."

Nov 12, 2020 - 17:17 (IST)

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Jitan Ram Manjhi elected HAM legislature party leader

Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi was on Thursday elected the leader of its four-member legislature party. All the four newly elected MLAs met at Manjhi's residence where they elected the former chief minister the leader of the legislature group.

They were all felicitated by party leaders and workers present there following the party's best-ever performance in an Assembly election. Manjhi was the lone HAM MLA in the outgoing Assembly.

Bihar Election Result 2020 LATEST Updates: With the NDA getting a comfortable majority in the Bihar assembly, all eyes are now on the formation of the next government which will likely be sworn in soon after the Diwali festivities get over later this week, PTI quoted sources as saying.

They said JD(U) president Nitish Kumar will be back as the chief minister for yet another term in office.

With the NDA getting a comfortable majority in the Bihar Assembly, all eyes are now on the formation of the next government which will likely be sworn in soon after the Diwali festivities get over later this week, PTI quoted sources as saying.

They said JD(U) president Nitish Kumar will be back as the chief minister for yet another term in office.

Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday alleged irregularities in the Bihar Assembly polls and claimed that the Grand Alliance of RJD, Congress, and the Left was poised to win the election but "could not do so at the last moment".

"We wanted to talk about the irregularities done with us (in Uttar Pradesh), but a more serious one has happened in Bihar. Tejashwi Yadav was poised to make his government but could not do so at the last moment. All those who have faith in democratic values are unhappy today and asking if this is how elections will be fought," he told reporters.

Akhilesh claimed that with only 14,000 more votes, the Opposition alliance would have emerged as victorious in Bihar. "The Bihar election was more nail-biting than the US (presidential) polls. I do not know which trick the BJP used. This is the specialty of the BJP," the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said.

Nitish Kumar may take oath as Bihar chief minister for a fourth successive term next week but the date has not been finalised yet, PTI reported on Thursday. However, speculation is rife in political circles that he will be sworn in on Monday.

He will visit the state party headquarters later on Thursday to meet the newly elected MLAs and other JD(U) functionaries. Raj Bhavan sources said they have not received any communication about when the swearing-in ceremony will take place.

Top BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have strongly endorsed Kumar as the chief minister.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Thursday said that the party had lost 20 seats by a "wafer-thin" margin and also accused the NDA of dhan, chhal and bal (money, muscle and deceit).

"We lost 20 seats by a wafer-thin margin. In many constituencies, as many as 900 postal ballots were invalidated,"he said.

Nitish Kumar is likely to take oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the fourth time on 16 November, reports said on Thursday even as Opposition parties alleged fraud.

The Left parties alleged on Wednesday that there were "irregularities" during the final stages of counting of votes in the Bihar Assembly polls and said the issue will be raised with the Election Commission (EC) soon.

The three Left parties — Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) —won an impressive 16 of the 29 seats they contested in the Bihar polls.

"The Left parties are of the opinion that there were certain clear irregularities during the last stages of the counting that need to be seriously addressed by the Election Commission. Along with other partners of the Mahagathbandhan, the Left parties will take up these matters with the Election Commission of India," the three parties said in a joint statement.

Of the 16 seats, the CPI-ML (Liberation) won 12, while the CPI and the CPM won two each.

Sources said that the Left parties and their alliance partners RJD are deliberating on the issue of malpractice during the counting of votes on Tuesday and have the support of the Congress.

The CPI(ML), which demanded a recount in three seats, will seek CCTV footage from the counting centres before taking a final call on the matter, sources said.

"The EC must ensure recounting of votes in all seats where victory margin is narrower than postal ballots. Several MGB candidates have been declared defeated by extremely narrow margins and irregularities have been reported in the counting process," said Dipankar Bhattacharya, CPI(ML) general secretary, in a tweet late on Tuesday night.

Sources also indicate that the parties are seeking information on 11 seats, all of which were close contests. In these cases, the Mahagathbandhan candidates were announced winners at the counting centres, but certificates were issued to their competitors after some time, sources said.

In their statement on Wednesday, the Left parties thanked the voters of Bihar for their support to the Mahagathbandhan.

"This included the candidates of the Left parties, which contributed to the Mahagathbandhan putting up a spirited contest in the election against the ruling BJP-JD(U) and its government.

"The response of the youth and the people to the issues concerning people's livelihood and employment was heartening," the statement said.
It also said the difference in the vote share of both the alliances was "very, very small".

While the BJP-led alliance lost 12 per cent votes compared to what it had polled in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, incumbent Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) won only 43 seats, as compared to the 71 it had won in the last Assembly election, the statement said.

"The chief minister's defection from the Mahagathbandhan to the BJP is, amongst other factors, rejected by a large section of the electorate. The BJP and Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi raised the communal agenda to a very high pitch and sought to communally polarise the electorate. This was effectively met largely by the Mahagathbandhan's focus on the economic distress caused by the lockdown and the utter failure of the BJP and its allies in containing the pandemic and galloping unemployment," it said.

The Left parties said their presence in the Bihar Assembly will be utilised to "advance the cause of the toiling people, raising crucial issues like jobs and on social/economic injustices".

"The struggle to achieve these objectives shall vigorously continue," the three parties said.

A stellar performance by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) enabled the ruling NDA to attain a simple majority in the 243-member Bihar Assembly notwithstanding a sharp fall in the tally of the JD(U).

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