Monthly Archives November 2015

Bihar exit polls prove wrong media pundits who handed win to Nitish-led alliance after only two phases

Exit polls have defied the perception built by a section of the media and the Mahagathbandhan strategists that the Bihar election was “done and dusted” after the first two phases and the other three phases were only to decide the margin of victory of the Nitish Kumar-led JD(U)-RJD-Congress Grand Coalition over its rival NDA.

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The perception was built more by aggressive word of mouth publicity than by written words or other means of communication. After letting loose the consciously-built hype, the leaders of the Mahagathbandhan went on an overdrive claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had “fled the Bihar campaign” and the BJP was tearing away his posters and hoardings to protect him from post-poll ignominy...

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NDTV’s Exit Poll: BJP Gets 125 of Bihar’s 243 Seats

NEW DELHI:  The NDTV exit poll for Bihar shows the BJP and its allies winning the state.

The forecast for 243 seats:

BJP+Allies 125 SEATS

Grand Alliance 110 SEATS

The poll had a massive sample size of 76,000 people in all 243 constituencies, the sort of population usually sampled for a national election. READ: Details of NDTV’S Exit Poll

“Your exit poll shows Bihar has voted for change,” said Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to NDTV.

Pavan Varma, a leader of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United, however, said: “Your exit polls are wide off the mark.”

Bihar voted in five phases starting in October and ending earlier this week; the results will be counted on Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned extensively for his party’s alliance...

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Bihar results: If Grand Alliance wins, Nitish will be the new VP Singh, but Narendra Modi is not Rajiv Gandhi

Those who do not know history are condemned to repeat it. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s own understanding of political history is profound. Yet he would be forced to repeat history if he wins this election.

Kumar owes his rise in politics to the emergence of the VP Singh phenomenon. While this was at play, he won the Lok Sabha election from Barh, his first, and got the status of a junior minister in the central government. His parliamentary skills and oratory were given due recognition by senior leaders who found him a cut above the rest of his generation, including Lalu Prasad.

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VP Singh was extremely fond of Nitish Kumar...

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