Bihar Elections Results : Bihar verdict will decide high-stakes battle

Who will rule Bihar for the next five years? The answer will be known on Wednesday when about 30 million votes will be counted following a six-phased election that was largely violence free and saw more women than men coming out to exercise their franchise.

The high stakes battle for power over one of India’s poorest states, with a population of 83 million, pitted Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his Janata Dal-United (JD-U) in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) against the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) combine of Lalu Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan.

The Congress made up the third corner of the electoral contest with the Left parties, the Bahujan Samaj Party (SP'>BSP) and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) also pitching for power in some seats of the 243.

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