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“Wanted to make BJP stronger”, says Chirag Paswan after poll debacle

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LJP chief Chirag Paswan, on Wednesday, said that his party might have won only one seat, but it was successful in achieving its goal of making BJP stronger.

Notably, Chirag Paswan launched a rebellion against NDA’s chief ministerial candidate Nitish Kumar and contested from the seats where JD(U) was contesting. He made all sorts of allegations and also threatened to put Nitish Kumar behind bars for corruption.

However, barring one seat, LJP failed to win the remaining constituencies from where it contested the polls. But, it made an impact for sure by cutting JD(U) votes that confined Nitish Kumar’s party to just 43 seats, political experts suggest.

Happy with LJP’s impact: Chirag Paswan

Meanwhile, Chirag Paswan, on Wednesday, said that he was happy with his party’s impact on Bihar polls as he wanted the BJP to emerge stronger.

He said: “Like all parties, I too would like to win as many seats as possible, but my aim for these elections was to ensure that the BJP emerges a strong party in the state and we are happy with the impact we have had.”

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When he launched his solo campaign for Bihar, the 37-year-old actor-turned-politician had said that his only agenda in contesting separately from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was to defeat Nitish Kumar so his own party could form a government with the BJP. However, that will remain a dream for Chirag, at least for the time being.

NDA won 125 seats

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the BJP and comprising of JD(U) won the close contest and emerged victorious in the Bihar Assembly elections on Wednesday. The counting of votes continued well past midnight for many Assembly constituencies, but eventually, the result came in favour of the NDA.

Notably, NDA won 125 seats out of the 243 Assembly seats, whereas the Grand Alliance (Mahagatbandhan) remained confined to 110 seats.

The BJP emerged as the big brother in the Bihar alliance by winning more seats than Nitish Kumar’s JD(U).  While BJP won 74 out of the 110 seats it contested, JD(U) could win only 43 seats.

However, the two major parties are still short of a clear majority of 122 and it is the smaller parties of the alliance that are going to be the kingmaker. Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) and Vikassheel Insaan Party won four seats each, which propelled the NDA beyond the magic figure.

 

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