Bihar Election 2020: Four alliances against each other – NDA, Mahagathbandhan, GDSF & PDA

As of 1:30 PM, only 20% of votes have been counted in the Bihar Elections 2020 and 3.15 crore are yet to be counted. Only 10 rounds of counting are over, making it way too early for parties to celebrate.

As of 1:30 PM, only 25% of votes have been counted in the Bihar Elections 2020 and 3.15 crore are yet to be counted. Only 10 rounds of counting are over, making it way too early for parties to celebrate.

Currently, Nitish Kumar’s NDA is leading with 125 seats and Tejashwi Yadav’s Mahagathbandhan has a hold on 107 seats.

NDA led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is in competition with the RJD-Congress alliance with Tejashwi Yadav as its chief ministerial candidate.

A total of four alliances are facing each other in Bihar election:

National Democratic Alliance (NDA)

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the BJP is the ruling coalition of Bihar with Nitish Kumar as the chief ministerial candidate. The alliance comprises of Janata Dal (United), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) of former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and Mukesh Sahani-led Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP).

Seat Allocation of the NDA: JDU-115, BJP-110, VIP-110, HAM-7

Mahagathbandhan/Grand Alliance

The Grand Alliance or Mahagathbandhan has Indian National Congress Rashtriya Janata Dal and other Left Parties – CPI(ML), the CPI(M) and the CPI. Tejashwi Yadav is the face of the alliance. The RJD is the biggest partner in the alliance.

Seat Allocation of the Grand Alliance: RJD-144, Congress-70, CPI(ML)-19, CPI(M)-6, CPI-4

Grand Democratic Secular Front (GDSF)

This alliance consists of Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Samajwadi Janata Dal Democratic (SJDD), Bahujan Samaj Party, Suhaldev Bhartiya Samaj Party and Jantantrik Party (Socialist) with RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha as its chief ministerial candidate.

Seat Allocation of GDSF: RLSP-104, BSP-80, SJDD-25, AIMIM-24, SBSP-5, JPS-5

Progressive Democratic Alliance (PDA)

Pappu Yadav’s Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) and Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan’s Azad Samaj Party (ASP) have formed the Progressive Democratic Alliance (PDA) with Social Democratic Party and VL Mathang’s Bahujan Mukti Party as a part of the alliance. Pappu Yadav is the chief ministerial candidate for the alliance.

PDA’s seats-sharing arrangement was not declared publicly, but the alliance’s intention to contest on all seats were clear.

Currently, the JD(U) has 69 while the RJD has 80 members. The BJP has 54 seats, Congress has 25, while the remaining seats in the 243-member assembly are held by other parties.

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