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Bihar: NDA leads to victory in Legislative Council polls, wins 13 seats out of 24

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Patna: The BJP-led NDA won 13 out of 24 seats in the Bihar Legislative Council polls on Friday, dealing a major blow to the grand alliance of the ruling JD-U and its allies the RJD and the Congress barely months ahead of the state assembly elections.

The grand alliance, which also has the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), won 10 seats while one seat was won by an Independent candidate.

The BJP won 11 seats and its ally the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) won one seat while one seat was won by an Independent candidate supported by it. However, another BJP ally, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) was routed.

The results were seen as a major boost for the BJP which wants to secure a majority in the assembly polls scheduled to be held later this year.

Soon after the results were announced wild celebrations broke out outside the offices of the BJP here, while the JD-U and RJD offices — in the same locality — were deserted.

The ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U), which was confident of crushing the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), won five seats, the RJD got four seats and the Congress one seat.

In the last election for the 24 seats, the JD-U had won 10, the BJP 5, the RJD 3, the LJP 3 and Independents 3.

Polling for these seats was held on Tuesday with an estimated 94 percent voting recorded. A total of 152 contestants were in the fray for the 24 council seats.

JD-U candidate Salim Perwej, who was deputy chairman of the council, was defeated from Chapra by the BJP’s Sachitanand Rai.

(IANS)

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Lok Sabha Election 2019: OBCs, STs and Upper Caste Hindus Swayed it for NDA

A dissection of religion-based voting pattern show that the NDA's largest support base was upper caste Hindus

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The NDA got overwhelming support across the broad spectrum of social strata. Pixabay

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) got maximum support from the Other Backward Castes (OBCs), followed by Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Scheduled Castes (SCs), according to the IANS-CVOTER analysis of the voting pattern in the General Election 2019.

Among the social groups, 47.1 per cent of OBCs voted for the NDA against 43.2 per cent STs and 39.5 per cent SCs.

The NDA got overwhelming support across the broad spectrum of social strata.

In comparison, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) got maximum 30.1 per cent of ST votes followed by 29.8 per cent of SC and 25.4 per cent of OBC votes.

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Data shows that 45.7 per cent Christians and 38.2 per cent Sikhs voted for the NDA. Pixabay

A dissection of religion-based voting pattern show that the NDA’s largest support base was upper caste Hindus as 51.6 per cent of the community voted for the Narendra Modi-led coalition.

The UPA, on the other hand, got 40.8 per cent share of the Muslim votes. Data shows that 45.7 per cent Christians and 38.2 per cent Sikhs voted for the NDA.

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The UPA got 28 per cent Sikh and 27.8 per cent of the Christian votes. Barring Muslims, all other religious groups went with the national trend of favouring the NDA. (IANS)