Patna, Trends pouring in from all 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar made it almost clear that NDA is heading towards spectacular victory with convincing lead in 37 seats, while Grand Alliance collapsed like pack of cards as its lead remained confined to only three seats in the state.
NDA comprising BJP, JD(U) and LJP, is all set to register impressive ever victory in Bihar as BJP and JD(U) are leading in 16 and 15 seats respectively in Bihar while LJP is leading in six seats. BJP which had won 22 seats in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, in this election the party had contested only 17 seats under seat sharing alliance in NDA with new partner JD (U) also contesting on equal number of seats.
JD(U) was not part of NDA in 2014 Lok Sabha elections and had won only two seats before returning to NDA in 2017. LJP which had contested on seven seats as constituent of NDA in last Lok Sabha elections, bagged six seats. In this election, LJP had contested only six seats under seat sharing arrangement in NDA and the party is leading in all seats. RLSP which was part of NDA in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, had left it last year after difference over seat sharing.
On the other hand, Grand Alliance comprising RJD, Congress, HAM, RLSP and VIP had contested to take on NDA in this Lok Sabha elections. Grand Alliance had claimed to challenge the dominance of NDA in Bihar but the trend available till noon indicated that it collapsed like pack of cards while NDA emerged victorious with flying colour.
Seats where BJP is leading are– West Champaran, East Champaran, Sheohar, Madhubani, Araria, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Maharajganj, Saran, Ujiarpur, Begusarai, Patna Sahib, Ara, Buxar, Sasaram and Aurangabad. JD (U) is leading in Valmikinagar, Sitamarhi, Jhanjharpur, Supaul, Katihar, Purnea, Madhepura, Gopalganj, Siwan, Bhagalpur, Banka, Munger, Nalanda, Karakat and Gaya. LJP is leading in Jamui, Nawada, Khagaria, Hajipur, Vaishali and Samastipur.
On the other hand, RJD, only party of grand alliance is leading in two seats–Patliputra and Jehanabad while Congress is leading in Kishanganj. Other parties appear to be scoring zero.
Prominent among those leading are– Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh of BJP from East Champaran, union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad of BJP from Patna Sahib, Union minister Giriraj Singh from Begusarai, Union minister R K Singh from Ara and LJP MP Chirag Paswan from Jamui. Former union minister and RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha is trailing in both seats- Karakat and Ujiarpur.