Patna | Chief Minister Nitish Kumar appeared set to retain power in Bihar as the Janata Dal (U)-led ‘Mahagathbandhan’ was poised to get a majority in the state Assembly today.
In a game of fluctuating fortunes, the ‘Mahagathbandhan, comprising the JD(U), RJD and the Congress, had surged ahead in 136 seats out of 233 from where counting trends were available.
The BJP-led NDA, which at one stage was in the lead when counting began, was trailing with 90 seats. Independents and others were ahead in seven constituencies.
Upbeat over initial leads, BJP leader Shanaz Hussian had sarcastically told television channels said that the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ was heading for a ‘grand defeat’.
BJP workers started bursting crackers at the party offices in different places but fortunes tilted dramatically and ‘Mahagathbandhan’ started making a steady progress.
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