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Bihar pollresult prognosis: Vote fragment dips for most, but BJP’s margins rise; fewer ladies folk MLAs preserve no subject excessive female turnout


The Bihar election cliffhanger ended at around 3 am Wednesday with the BJP-JD(U) combine managing to stable but one other time duration for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The final results contradicted most exit polls, which gave an edge to Tejashwi Yadav’s RJD-led Mahagathbandhan.

Let’s take into myth at some of the extensive trends that have emerged from the election results and how the events fare in comparison with earlier results.

Occasion Performance


The very very first thing to take into myth is the alternate in vote shares of the JD(U) and BJP as when put next to the 2019 Total Election to Lok Sabha. The vote shares of both events dropped in this Assembly Election, extra so for the JD(U). Nonetheless, this doesn’t basically imply that the BJP conducted worse than it did in 2019; the adaptation is doubtless because voters are voting otherwise in national and enlighten elections, one thing that we were observing in basically the most unique past.

The RJD’s vote fragment dropped reasonably as when put next to the 2015 Assembly election results — portray that the party became as soon as in alliance with Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) whose beef up unfriendly potentially supplied further votes to the RJD. And, it’s per chance these ‘swing votes’ (who stayed on Nitish’s aspect when he switched aspects) that deprived the RJD of some extra seats that can per chance also have changed the election results. I focus on this elsewhere.

A predominant dialogue in this election has been the variation within the efficiency of events within their respective alliances.

In Mahagathbandhan, the Congress clearly pulled the tally down: it has the lowest strike price (seats received out of contested) and lowest vote fragment in seats contested within the alliance. Some of it would possibly per chance perchance per chance also doubtless be because Congress got a better share of seats in NDA strongholds; but, right here is an inadequate explanation and it’s past any doubt that Congress did worse than assorted partners within the alliance.

The Congress identical on the NDA aspect appears to be like to be Nitish Kumar’s JD(U). It received important fewer seats than the BJP and its vote fragment is also seriously decrease than that of the BJP. Whereas there will not be any longer any longer one of these thing as a denying that the JD(U) did seriously worse than the BJP, the gap between the BJP and the JD(U)’s efficiency would possibly per chance also were seriously decrease within the absence of the harm done by Chirag Paswan’s LJP (NDA ally at Centre, but fielded candidates in opposition to JD(U)) by animated into the JD(U)’s vote fragment. In extra than two dozen seats that the JD(U) lost, the margin of victory became as soon as decrease than the LJP’s vote fragment.

AIMIM and Left Parties conducted better than anticipated. The left events received 16 out of 29 seats they contested as a fraction of the Mahagathbandhan. Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM, which contested in alliance with the Upendra Kushwaha-led RLSP, the BSP and three assorted events, received 5 seats. AIMIM’s vote fragment has dropped in comparison to 2019, but right here is for the explanation that party had contested on finest one seat in 2019 whereas it contested on 20 seats this time, protecting a better station. Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM also managed to give a must its efficiency this time, winning four seats.

Stage of competition


There would possibly be a most important variation within the frequent margin of victory within assorted events. Amongst the events that contested on a seriously dapper possibility of seats, the BJP has the excellent margins, followed by RJD. Yet again, the margins are decrease for Congress and JD(U) — no longer very comely within the case of JD(U) attributable to LJP. Manjhi’s HAM narrowly received the four seats it did.



Total, this election became as soon as even extra aggressive than the earlier elections: right here is infrequently comely given the closing results. Yet again, right here it’s obvious that the elections in 2019 were less end, reaffirming that the voters voted otherwise within the Nationwide and Assembly elections. The average winning vote indicates an affordable fragmentation in vote shares and didn’t alternate important as when put next to 2015.

Contemporary faces versus outmoded ones


A comparison between vote shares of first-time candidates and candidates who’ve contested sooner than among the many main events — BJP, JD(U), RJD, Congress and LJP — displays that the latter category conducted systematically better. The marginally better vote fragment for candidates who’ve contested sooner than is doubtlessly a inviting insight on the importance of the candidate. Candidates who’ve contested sooner than, on a imply, are presumably better known than those contesting for the main time. Due to the this fact, the further vote fragment would possibly per chance also doubtless be entirely thanks to the candidate, suggesting that candidates still seriously subject even in this extremely polarised voting along party lines.


The variation between the frequent vote fragment of first-time candidates and candidates who’ve contested sooner than is absolute most sensible for the Congress, doubtlessly indicating that the party’s efficiency varies extremely in accordance to the candidate. The variation is reasonably most important for the BJP and LJP as effectively, but important less for the RJD and JD(U). Amongst the main events (along with left and LJP), a total of 307 first-time and 336 non-first-time candidates contested, out of which 88 and 153 received, respectively.

Incumbency on the local level


Relatively surprisingly, or no longer so, among the many main events, the incumbent candidates have conducted constantly better than non-incumbents in phrases of average vote fragment. The reason is no longer determined. It would possibly per chance actually per chance also doubtless be that the so-known as ‘anti-incumbency’ is prevalent finest on the upper level (chief minister or ruling party) and no longer on the level of MLA, or, events are systematically giving tickets to finest strong incumbents, or, a combine of both. All in all, 181 incumbents contested, out of which 87 received.


The differences between the efficiency of incumbent and non-incumbent candidates in phrases of vote fragment is better in BJP and Congress as when put next to JD(U), and negligible in LJP and RJD.

Female Candidates


The likelihood of female candidates has been abysmally low in Bihar, correct like assorted states. Only 84 ladies folk got tickets by main events (along with Left and LJP), out of which 26 received in an Assembly of 243. On average, female candidates seem like getting a slightly lesser fragment of votes than their male counterparts. Yet again, it would possibly per chance perchance per chance also doubtless be that events are giving tickets to female candidates systematically in weaker seats, or, the voters discriminate in opposition to female candidates, or, both.


A celebration-wise breakup reveals that female candidates of route conducted better in Congress in this election. The variation is absolute most sensible in BJP followed by JD(U), and of route less in RJD. The pattern of lesser vote fragment for ladies folk candidates, nonetheless, is no longer the identical for all events.

There has been alternative dialogue on female voters within the context of their better turnout, but minute or no on female candidates as famend right here.

Despite the total rhetoric of girls folk empowerment in their campaigns, the events seem like doing a sad job of giving them honest illustration.

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