24 Nov 2010
Patna: The Nitish Kumar-led JD(U)-BJP alliance today bagged 135 seats, 13 more than the simple majority, and was ahead in 70 other places in the 243-member Assembly.
On the other hand, RJD-LJP alliance suffered major reverses bagging only ten seats and leading in 16 other places
against its tally of 64 last time.
Congress too suffered a setback winning three seats and leading in three compared to nine seats it had won in 2005.
The CPI won one seat and others 2.In the Patna Sahib Constituency, BJP minister Nandkishore Yadav won the elections defeating his nearest Congress rival.
In Bettiah, BJP Minister Renu Devi defeated Congress nominee Madan Mohan Tiwari by around 15,000 votes, while in
Chanpatia, Chandramohan Rai of BJP trounced BSP's Ejaj Hussain by over 13,000 votes.
Prabhat Ranjan Singh of JD(U) won the Bagaha seat defeating BSP's Md Kamran by around 20,000 votes.
Among those leading were JD(U) ministers Vijendra Yadav (Supaul), Narendra Narain Yadav JD(U) (Alamgarh), Ram
Parvesh Rai (Barauli) and Hari Prasad Shah (Laukaha) besides BJP minister Ashwini Choubey (Bhagalpur).
State Congress president Choudhury Mehboob Ali Kaiser and state RJD president Abdul Bari Siddique were trailing
behind their JD(U) rivals in Simri-Bakhtiarpur and Alinagar respectively.
In the last elections in 2005, the JD(U)-BJP alliance got 143 seats with JD(U) securing 88 and BJP 55. RJD and LJP
together had 64 seats in the outgoing House. Congress had nine.
Congress gave credit to the chief minister for the ruling combine's success and said law and order in the state
improved under his regime.
The BJP said that the trends indicated that the people's mandate was for development, maintenance of law and
order and good governance.
JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said, 'I want to thank the people of Bihar. It is their victory. Secondly, it is the
victory of the chief minister and his colleagues.'