VOTE SHARE RJD 23.32 4.85 Cong 9.44 2.79 BJP 19.33 BIHAR 5.07 JD(U) 15.3 LJP 5.65 1.0 0.85 AIMIM 1.24 Nota 1.69 0.81 Others 24.02 MANGALURU WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 14 CITY EDITION Percentage change compared to 2015 elections Source: ECI (As of 9 pm Tuesday) That Nitish Kumar will be the CM has been cleared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief J P Nadda much before the elections If Nitish Kumar becomes Bihar chief minister, despite winning less number of seats (as compared to the BJP), he should thank the Shiv Sena for it Our strike rate in Bihar is 80% and if we had been given more seats, we would have contributed more to the MGB tally BJP’s victory in Bihar is vindication of PM @ narendramodi’s good governance, especially during COVID19. Poorest of poor were taken care of by the government. That Bihar didn’t slip back to Jungle Raj is very important for India. Thank every Bihari for trusting NDA again BJP Bihar chief Sanjay Jaiswal Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut CPM leader Sitaram Yechury Those calling us that have got a befitting reply and their mouths will now be shut in the future as well Tejasvi Surya, national president, BJP Yuva Morch AIMIM national spokesperson Asim Waqar CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI BJP does better than Nitish’s JD(U); focus now on naming the new CM RJD has highest vote share, is single largest party, but alliance flounders Oppn momentum falters as Cong fails to match even its score in 2015 Owaisi eats into Oppn’s Muslim vote share in Seemanchal, set to get 5 while praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi. With such a close race not witnessed in a long time and throwing up many possibilities, BJP leaders Sushil Modi, Bhupendra Yadav, Ntiyanand Rai and Sanjay Jaiswal rushed to Nitish’s residence, remaining closeted till late at night and reassuring the chief minister that he was their leader. Union home minister Amit Shah also called Nitish. But whatever be Nitish’s grudge against Chirag, the election results only underlined his waning appeal. The mass mood was that he had become arrogant in the last five years, ruling the state through an unpopular and inaccessible bureaucracy. So even if he becomes the first Bihar CM to rule for a fourth straight BIHAR 2020 term, his position is bound to be much weaker. In 27 seats the margins were so thin that the Rashtriya Janata Dal smelt a rat. Party leader Tejashwi Yadav filed a written complaint with the Election Commission in Patna, complaining of being robbed of at least seven seats. But addressing the media past 10 pm, EC officials in New Delhi denied the charge. The election result was also a story of what might have been for the young Tejashwi. Throughout the campaign he drew large crowds and created a huge hype around the unemployment problem in the state. BIHAR MAHAGATH BANDHAN ■ Wins + leads in 59 seats across 11 states MADHYA PRADESH (28) BJP 19 | Cong 9 GUJARAT (8) BJP 8 UTTAR PRADESH (7) BJP 6 | SP 1 MANIPUR-5 BJP 4 Independent 1 BJP activists exult as the NDA does well in the Bihar Assembly polls, in Patna on Tuesday | PTI But that didn’t translate into votes. The uniform view for this failure was that Tejashwi was unable to shake off the widespread feeling among the people that if the RJD came to power, it would mean the return of the jungle raj. This fear of a return to lawlessness was repeatedly stressed by Modi and Nitish at rallies and on the face of it, jungle raj trumped unemployment. “The NDA campaign on the return of the jungle raj created a kind of fear psychosis among the voters,” said R K Verma, a political analyst. The numbers also signaled a deeper churning in state politics, with CONTINUED ON: P4 KARNATAKA (2) BJP 2 JHARKHAND (2) Cong 1 | JMM 1 ODISHA (2) BJD 2 CHHATTISGARH (1) Cong 1 NAGALAND (2) NDPP 1 Independent 1 TELANGANA (1) BJP 1 HARYANA (1) Cong 1 BJP sweeps bypolls in MP, UP, Gujarat; wrests Dubbaka seat from TRS M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi IF the bypoll verdict on Tuesday is any indicator, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to have arguably got the nation’s endorsement for his Covid-19 management, as the BJP bagged or was leading in as many as 40 on 59 Assembly seats across 11 states where they were held. The biggest gainers were Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his Manipur counterpart N Biren Singh, as they were assured of stability on the back of the BJP’s sweeping victories in both the states. Barring Haryana and Telangana, ruling dispensations managed to control the bypoll narrative elsewhere. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath further consolidated his hold, winning six of the seven Assembly by-election seats at stake. Chief ministers B S Yediyurappa (Karnataka), Naveen Patnaik (Odisha) and Hemant Soren’s alliance (Jharkhand) bagged two seats each in their respective states. In Gujarat, the BJP government led by Vijay Rupani won all eight Assembly bypoll seats. The big surprise came from Telangana as the BJP bagged the Dubbaka Assembly seat with a slender margin. Its nominee M Raghunandan Rao trounced Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) candidate Solipeta Sujatha by 1,118 votes. By wresting the seat, the party got bragging rights for taking its ambitious Mission South agenda forward. The BJP’s performance came despite its national leadership staying away from the campaigns, focus as it did on the Bihar Assembly polls instead. The party’s state leaders demonstrated their dominance over the Congress in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, while denying opportunity to the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh to make a comeback. Defector Jyotiraditya Scindia delivered on his promise as the BJP shrugged off a spirited Kamal Nath-led Congress campaign to win 19 of the total 27 Assembly seats. In Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Manipur, the BJP’s fortunes rode on imports from the Congress in recent times. As for the big picture, BJP leaders sought to read in the outcome a vote of confidence of the people in the leadership of the prime minister amid the Covid-19 pandemic. BJP scripts history in Sira bypoll, wins big in Rajarajeshwari Nagar THE FINISH LINE WINNER DR C M RAJESH GOWDA VOTE SHARE: 42.01% MARGIN: 13,414 TES VO RUNNER-UP T B JAYACHANDRA VOTE SHARE: 34.65% 63,1 5 SIRA WINNER MUNIRATNA VOTE SHARE: 60.14% MARGIN: 58,113 VOTES 90 RUNNER-UP KUSUMA H VOTE SHARE: 32.4% 67,8 7 RR NAGAR OTES 7V SPARKS caused due to static charge while transferring chemicals from one barrel to another through a pipe caused a huge fire at a godown at Kuvempu Nagar in New Guddadahalli around 11 am on Tuesday The blaze . raged for a little over eight hours, causing damage to the tune of about Rs 3 crore. Three firemen were injured and seven vehicles parked in the compound were gutted, even as four workers miraculously managed to escape just as the fire broke out. The blaze was so intense and spreading so rapidly that the fire services and local authorities evacuated residents living in a radius of about 200 metres, moving out all LPG cylinders. The firemen were forced to get on to the terraces of adjacent buildings to aim the water and foam hoses at the fire in an attempt to douse it. The property belonged to Rekha Chemical Corporation Pvt Ltd, which has its factory in Bommasandra Industrial Area. Police said solvents used to produce sanitisers, thinners and other chemicals were stored in the godown. Around 11 am on Tuesday a worker, , identified as Bijukumar, was unloading a chemical from a barrel to another through a pipe, when sparks caused a massive fire. Four workers, including Bijukumar, managed to escape to safety . Local residents alerted the Fire & Emergency Services Department at 11.18 am and soon, fire tenders rushed to the spot. Initially, there was a setback as fire tenders could not reach the spot due to narrow lanes in the residential area. As many as 22 fire tenders reached the spot and doused the fire after an operation lasting more than eight hours. “As the godown was filled with chemical barrels, explosions kept occurring, emitting huge flames and heavy smoke, which were visible from kilometres away. Two foam tankers, specialised in dousing chemical fire, were also pressed into P7 service,” an official said. THE BJP looks poised to win all the four Legislative Council seats, for which biennial polls were held, registering easy wins in three and having a lead in the fourth. With this, the BJP emerges as the single largest party in the 75-member Upper House with 31 seats as against the Congress with 29 seats. If the party wins the fourth seat too, and with the support of an Independent, its strength will rise to 33. The BJP could also stake claim to the chairmanship in the next session and unseat present Chairman Prathapchandra Shetty of the Congress. Gaining the upper hand in the Council will be important for the BJP as it had to face the embarrassment of not being able to push through crucial Bills on land and APMC reforms among others. sub-regional factors playing out. While the NDA did exceedingly well in the Seemanchal, Mithila, Champaran and Ang regions, the mahagathbandhan performed better in the Bhojpur, Magadh and central parts of Bihar. The election also saw the emergence of Asaduddin Owaisi’s All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen as a force in some Muslim-dominated areas, harming the RJD. The AIMIM benefited from its alliance with Mandalite parties such as the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party and helped itself by winning five seats, up from one it held in the outgoing assembly . S OTE 0V E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru AIMIM: 5 ■ BSP: 1 ■ IND: 1 ■ BYPOLL OUTCOME B A N S Y K A L A P PA @ Bengaluru Massive blaze at chemical godown causes `3 cr damage 7 OTHER PARTIES CPM: 2 ■ CPI: 3 ■ CPIML: 12 ■ Cong: 19 ■ RJD: 77 With 3 more seats, saffron party to get Council control Firefighters battle the raging inferno at a chemical godown in New Guddadahalli, Bengaluru, on Tuesday. The fire raged on for eight hours before it was put out | ASHISHKRISHNA HP 113 76,5 64 IF ever there was a cliffhanger of an election, with the pendulum swinging wildly by the hour, this was it. Till late evening, the day belonged to the alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party-Janata Dal (United), prompting the BJP to prepare for a grand victory celebration at the central party of fice in the heart of Delhi. But the ladoos, firecrackers and dhols had to be put on hold as the Rashtriya Janata Dal-led mahagathbandhan closed in, turning the Bihar election 2020 into an edge of the seat thriller. Till midnight the ruling alliance was still marginally ahead, with leads/wins in 122 out of the 243 seats while the mahagathbandhan had 114. But the results/trends also exposed the fault lines between the BJP and the JD (U). This was because the JD (U) was the biggest loser, relegated to a distant third at 43 seats, down nearly 30 from its 2015 tally. For this, it openly blamed Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party . While the LJP failed to win a single seat, it ate up 5.7% of the vote share, cutting into the JD(U)’s base. More significantly Chirag had open, ly worked against chief minister Nitish Kumar during the campaign F-WA M ARK @ Patna/New Delhi AL 243 122 BJP: 73 ■ JDU: 43 ■ VIP: 4 ■ HAM: 4 RAJESH THAKUR & MANISH ANAND H 1,25 ,9 SE A T Y ■ L TA S 124 NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE TO NDA ASCENDANT IN SEESAW A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru THE Bharatiya Janata Party’s juggernaut, which has been hoisting its flag on untouched territory seems to , be pushing through in Karnataka. After KR Pet in 2019, it was Sira on Tuesday Whether it was the conven. tion of bypolls favouring incumbent governments or the BJP’s tactical social re-engineering efforts, coupled with disgruntlement towards Congress and JDS, for the second time in less than a year, the saffron party won a seat that it has never tasted electoral victory in. With an electoral novice as its candidate, the BJP snatched the JDSCongress fortress of Sira, a Vokkaliga dominant seat, in the bypolls, voting for which was held on November 3. As anticipated, BJP candidate Muniratna emerged victorious in Rajarajeshwari Nagar assembly constituency, but the highlight was the EXPRESS READ SRISHTI Wipro wins 5-year contract from ThoughtSpot INSTITUTE NOW A PART OF M.A.H.E The Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology is now a constituent unit of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), and will be shifted to the latter’s upcoming Yelahanka campus next year. With the merger process completed, all the programmes of the (now called) Srishti Manipal Institute Of Art, Design And Technology have been approved by the academic body of MAHE, Lt Gen (Dr) M D Venkatesh, the V-C of MAHE Manipal, told reporters on the sidelines of an event. P7 massive margin of 58,113 votes. In Sira, Dr Rajesh Gowda of the BJP beat former minister and Congress candidate T B Jayachandra by 13,414 votes. The BJP which has barely ever se, cured more than 20,000 votes in Sira, secured 42 per cent vote share, creating history “This is a pro-people, pro. farmer government that fulfils its promises. The victory in both the seats is an indication that people are with us. I intend to expand the cabinet in a day or two,” declared a victorious Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. With his spectacular win, Muniratna is now one step closer to being inducted into the Yediyurappa cabinet in keeping with promise made to him while shifting to the BJP from the Congress. Despite fielding its old warhorse, the Congress was decimated in Sira in DK Shivakumar’s first election as P4 KPCC president. 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