As the 17th Lok Sabha election results are going to be in shortly, the Bihar opposition alliance looks at its fate with narrow hopes.
With 40 seats at stake, the regional parties in Bihar – Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD), Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) and Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP) – joined hands with the Congress to draw out the BJP from the state.
However, current trends indicate a clean sweep for the NDA in Bihar with the duo of Nitish Kumar-Sushil Modi looking set to outperform their competitors.
The results will also gauge the JD(U)-BJP alliance’s success in the state after the former broke up with the RJD-Congress alliance in 2017 after successfully defeating the BJP in 2015 Assembly elections.
The results will not only decide the relevance of Narendra Modi’s might in the Hindi heartland but will also give an idea of whether Nitish Kumar’s leadership is accepted in the state irrespective of his alliance partner.