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“Win For Development”, BJP Claims Victory In Bihar Before Results Out

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted late Tuesday night to thank the people of Bihar for “backing the NDA”. The Prime Minister said the NDA would “work for the balanced development of every person, every region” of the state. Minutes earlier Mr Shah posted: “Every section of Bihar has… backed the NDA’s development agenda”. The two senior BJP leaders’ tweet comes with the ruling NDA only marginally ahead in counting ; the alliance was ahead in (or has won) 124 seats but the opposition is only trailing by 13 seats. There were 50 seats still undeclared. The opposition, led by Tejashwi Yadav’s RJD, claimed it won 119 seats but the JDU-BJP government had put pressure on election officials to delay the results and rework them in their favour. Late Tuesday evening the RJD tweeted a list of 119 seats that, it claimed, were won by the opposition alliance but the winning candidates had been denied their certificates. The RJD said Nitish Kumar and his deputy, Sushil Modi, had put pressure on district and election officials to ensure decisions in their favour for closely-contested seats.

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