In early Bihar poll leads, the BJP seems to zoom ahead of its partner Nitish Kumar - who faces a massive anti-incumbency after helming the state for 15 years - the chief ministerial face of the ruling National Democratic Alliance. The BJP is now the big brother in its relationship with the JDU - something it has never been and which could impact the choice of Bihar's next chief minister, with some in the party of the opinion that Nitish Kumar can no longer call the shots. Copyright © HT Media Limited All rights reserved. In the run-up to the election, and all through campaigning, the party repeatedly said Nitish Kumar would continue in the top job if the NDA retained power, no matter the performance of either party. Nitish Kumar’s party has always played the role of the senior partner in the Bihar alliance. The young leader, who critics say has come into his own during this election, marshalled his party well with no Lalu Prasad to guide him around. Jaipur, The Tejashwi Yadav-led Mahagathbhandan, which most exit polls have given an advantage, appears to be in a tight contest with the NDA. Watch India's top CFOs reveal how to mitigate financial risks and maintain business continuity on November 24, 2020 at 12pm. Another BJP leader, Sanjay Paswan, told the newspaper that the Bihar polls are a victory "for the BJP and Prime Minister Modi". JDU leaders felt this was happening with the BJP's tacit approval because Mr Paswan was seen as an effective counterweight to Nitish Kumar and a way to keep him in check.

However, by 2017, the bonhomie disappeared and Nitish Kumar was back in the NDA fold. The counting of votes for the 243-member state assembly is underway.

The election highlighted growing fissures in the JDU-BJP relationship.

For the opposition, Tejashwi Yadav was often the sole voice in attack; Rahul Gandhi addressed a handful of rallies but nobody else from the Congress made an appearance in Bihar. 'BJP has achieved its aim by making him a regional leader dependent on them.' But, according to an Indian Express report, JD(U)'s slip in performance in the election, securing 43 seats, has not been lost on anyone within the BJP. Lucknow, Patna, Mr Owaisi was asked, when it was still feasible for the opposition to form the government, if he would aid in such efforts. ................................ Advertisement ................................ Nitish Kumar, BJP Retain Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav's RJD Single-Largest Party, Nitish Kumar, BJP Retain Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav’s RJD Single-Largest Party, Over 7 Lakh Voters In Bihar Chose The 'NOTA' Option: Election Commission, Nitish Kumar, On Being Chief Minister, Says "NDA Will Decide", PM Modi Says Enhancing Connectivity With ASEAN A Major Priority For India, PUBG Mobile Coming Back to India, Developers Have Announced, Krunal Pandya Stopped At Airport For Allegedly Carrying Undisclosed Gold, Traffic Movement Between Assam, Mizoram Stops Again Amid Border Tension: Police, Rashtriya Janata Dal Should Accept Verdict, Desist From Staging Drama: BJP, Will Implement Environmental Court Order On Crackers: Maharashtra, With 104 Deaths, Highest Number Of Covid Fatalities In A Day In Delhi, Ex-Facebook Employee Made "Scathing Revelations": Delhi Assembly Panel, Indian-Origin Man Gets 80-Hour Community Service For Illegal Advice In UK, "Our Divisions Run Deep": Barack Obama In New Book, This website follows the DNPA Code of Ethics. The three Left parties claimed 16 seats between them, with 12 going to the CPI (Marxist-Leninist).

On one occasion Mr Kumar had onions thrown at him. has not been lost on anyone within the BJP.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar whose party Janata Dal (United) had a dismal performance in Bihar Assembly elections on Wednesday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for … Pak updates terror list, India says it omits key 26/11 Mumbai attackers, Our ideologies should not go against nation: PM Modi to JNU students, Modi-Biden call will happen in ‘due course’: External affairs ministry, Kunal Kamra to face contempt case. According to a senior BJP leader, one of the options that the BJP is looking at is to offer Kumar the CM's post while keeping future options open at the same time. The majority mark is 122.

The BJP campaign was bolstered by Prime minister Narendra Modi. The JDU has already fired one warning shot - party leader KC Tyagi reminded the BJP of its promise and pointed out that the BJP needed JDU support to form the government. However, now that BJP has got more seats than JDU, the demand to get the Chief Minister's chair within the party may arise. Indore, The result has also brought another aspect of government formation to the fore: the Cabinet arrangement. However, if the trend carries on, there will be a reversal of roles. By contrast the Congress, whom many have suggested is at fault for the opposition's failure, flopped (again) and won just 19 of 70 seats; eight fewer than it managed in 2015. In 2000, the BJP had won more seats than Nitish Kumar’s party 67 to 34 but he took oath as chief minister. The ruling JDU-BJP touched the majority mark at around 3 AM after a closely-fought race.

Campaign issues focused largely on unemployment, with Mr Yadav's offer of 10 lakh government jobs striking a powerful chord. Also Read: 5 things you should know about the verdict.

According to the report, there is a sense within the top leadership of the BJP that anger against Nitish Kumar was fairly visible during the campaigning phase, and it should not be ignored. Coronavirus Essential | FM Nirmala Sitharaman announces Atmanibhar Bharat 3.0 schemes; After Pfizer, Moderna may release vaccine trial results soon. Nirmala Sitharaman Press Conference Highlights: FM says total stimulus by govt, RBI is Rs 29.87 lakh crore, which is 15% of GDP, Fundamental, Stock Ideas, Multibaggers & Insights, Stock & Index F&O Trading Calls & Market Analysis, Positional and Intraday Trading Calls basis Noiseless Chart, Commodity Trading Calls & Market Analysis, Currency Derivatives Trading Calls & Insights, Options Trading Advice and Market Analysis, Model portfolios, Investment Ideas, Guru Screens and Much More, Proprietary system driven Rule Based Trading calls, Curated markets data, exclusive trading recommendations, Independent equity analysis & actionable investment ideas, Details stock report and investment recommendation. Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Bhopal The Congress, contesting on 70 seats, is the junior partner in the alliance.

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PM Modi said the NDA would "work for the balanced development of every person, every region" of the state. The BJP has never held the chief minister’s post in the state. Register now!

Even before the polls and during the campaigning, BJP leaders have stated that irrespective of the seats and which party performs better, Kumar will be back in the CM seat--- perhaps for the last time, according to Kumar himself. NITISH KUMAR’S PAST EXPERIENCE . https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/in-early-bihar-leads-it-s-advantage-bjp-over-nitish-kumar-s-party/story-E2pp67DIEZjFY6rYyt1DrO.html, NDA has an edge over RJD+ alliance but there’s bad news for Nitish Kumar, https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/26-fire-tenders-rushed-as-major-fire-breaks-out-in-delhi/story-jHm2WDJOVKWf9ew6TGdwWI.html, 26 fire tenders rushed as major fire breaks out in Delhi, https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/delhi-s-covid-19-death-toll-in-24-hours-breaches-100-mark/story-Y6GoQWV63LhAPx3VM3nJQK.html, 107 deaths in a day: Delhi sees highest ever daily fatalities, https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-china-to-hold-another-round-of-talks-on-border-standoff-soon-mea/story-QrN4XVfa72yozChplKfPTK.html, India, China to hold another round of talks on border standoff soon: MEA, https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/retail-inflation-at-a-six-year-high-of-7-61/story-sbOIJszIsgk9LXo8Q2WRAJ.html, Retail inflation at a six-year high of 7.61%, hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi. According to the report, the BJP's performance will mean more Cabinet berths for BJP leaders and important portfolios.

Nevertheless, the jobs gambit was interesting enough that the BJP jumped onboard and promised 19 lakh jobs, much to Nitish Kumar's annoyance. The two went on to form the government with Tejashwi Yadav becoming the deputy chief minister.

The BJP, on its part, has kept its distance from Chirag Paswan, insisting that it is with Nitish Kumar.

It’s up to the morality of Nitish Kumar to decide what to do," Paswan said.

Nitish Kumar’s party has always played the role of the senior partner in the Bihar alliance. Reproduction of news articles, photos, videos or any other content in whole or in part in any form “Nitish ji will remain Chief Minister as it was our commitment. Despite breaking away from the NDA alliance in Bihar, Chirag’s Lok Janshakti Party continues to support the BJP at the Centre. However, if the trend carries on, there will be a reversal of roles. The Election Commission, to whom the opposition said it would complain, dismissed such claims and said the results had been delayed only because of additional measures in place during the coronavirus lockdown. The other block in this election is the Grand Democratic Secular Front (GDSF) led by Upendra Kushwaha’s the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party. Chirag Paswan, who lost his father Ram Vilas Paswan in the middle of the polls, has kept up his unrelenting attack on Nitish Kumar. Thank you for subscribing to our daily newsletter. He said: "We will decide who to support only after the last vote is counted. The Jamui MP has openly professed his support for PM Narendra Modi while keeping up his attacks on Nitish Kumar.

However, before the elections, the BJP had said that even if they get more seats, Nitish Kumar will still remain the Chief Minister. Shortly before the results were confirmed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah both tweeted and thanked the people of Bihar for "backing the NDA's development agenda". 172@29@17@151!~!172@29@0@53!~!|news|politics|bihar-election-2020-nitish-kumar-will-be-cm-say-bjp-leaders-but-party-keeps-future-options-open-6104111.html!~!news|moneycontrol|com!~!|controller|infinite_scroll_article.php!~!is_mobile=false. The result leaves Nitish Kumar's dreams of a sixth term as chief minister in the hands of the BJP. The issue seems to have galvanised them as was evident by the huge numbers at his rally. The BJP finished with 74 seats and the JDU 43.

, Chandigarh , Dehradun, Mr Shah said: "Every section of Bihar has... backed the NDA's development agenda" and added: "This is a win for the double-engine development of PM Modi and Nitish Kumar".

According to reports, home minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah also put in a "congratulatory" call to Kumar at a time when the results were still trickling in.

Paswan even put up candidates in all seats against the JD(U) and at one stage during the campaign even vowed to put the CM in jail. Last Updated: 11th November, 2020 21:56 IST PM Modi Extols BJP's Success In Bihar & Bypolls, Reiterates Party's Stance On Nitish Kumar After BJP's success in Bihar and by-elections across India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday thanked the people for reposing their faith in the party.

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