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 COIMBATORE WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 14 LATE CITY EDITION 0.81 Others 24.02 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 Tejasvi Surya, national president, BJP Yuva Morch Those calling us that have got a befitting reply and their mouths will now be shut in the future as well 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 NDA ASCENDANT IN SEESAW H A LF- W 243 122 BJP: 73 ■ JDU: 43 ■ VIP: 4 ■ HAM: 4 MARK AY ■ NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE TA L S E A TS 124 TO BIHAR MAHAGATH BANDHAN ■ CPM: 2 ■ CPI: 3 ■ CPIML: 12 ■ Cong: 19 ■ RJD: 77 RAJESH THAKUR & MANISH ANAND @ Patna/New Delhi 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 office 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 just won a single seat, it ate up 5.7% of the vote share, cutting into the JD(U)’s base. More significantly, Chirag had openly worked against chief minister Nitish Kumar during the campaign while praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi. With such a close race not wit- Erode native in Biden’s Covid-19 task force C H A N D H I N I R @ Erode FOR Tamil Nadu, this Deepavali is very special, as the State has received two extraordinary gifts. At a time when the State was celebrating the victory of Kamala Harris, a native of Thulasendrapuram in Tiruvarur, to the post of US Vice President, Monday saw Dr Celine Goundar, who has her roots in Perumapalayam in Erode, being appointed as a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s Covid-19 Advisory Board. The 43-year-old is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at New York U n ive r s i ty’s Grossman School of Medicine. She is also a practicing HIV/ infectious diseases specialist and inter nist, epidemiologist, journalist and filmmaker. As a member of Covid-19 task force, she would be guiding the US president and vice president combat the pandemic. She was born in the US to a Tamil father Raj Natarajan Gounder, a native Perumapalayam village in Erode, and Nicole Gounder, who hails from France. Natarajan had moved to the US in the late 1960s to work with P5 The Boeing Company . BJP activists exult as the NDA does well in the Bihar Assembly polls, in Patna on Tuesday | PTI nessed 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 113 CM to rule for a fourth straight 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 un- employment problem in the state. 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 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. 8 OTHER PARTIES ■ ■ ■ AIMIM: 5 BSP: 1 ■ IND: 1 LJP: 1 BYPOLL OUTCOME MADHYA PRADESH (28) BJP 19 | Cong 9 GUJARAT (8) BJP 8 UTTAR PRADESH (7) BJP 6 | SP 1 MANIPUR-5 BJP 4 Independent 1 KARNATAKA (2) BJP 2 JHARKHAND (2) Cong 1 | JMM 1 ODISHA (2) BJD 2 BJP sweeps bypolls in MP, UP, Gujarat; wrests Dubbakka 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.
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