Patna: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA easily skating to victory with a landslide margin of 340+ seats out of the 542 seats nationwide while destroying the Rahul Gandhi-led Grand Alliance opposition in the process, the situation in Bihar was no different as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led alliance was headed towards victory at a minimum of 38 out of 40 seats in the state completely wiping off the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-led Mahagathbandhan opposition in a manner never seen before.
At the time of reporting All 17 candidates of the BJP were leading by substantial margin, in many places leading by over a lakh votes, over their Mahagathbandhan alliance that failed to open at any seat except two (Jehanabad and Kishanganj) where the table could turn at any time due to very narrow leads.
Similarly, all Janata Dal – U candidates except two had won at their respective seats and six out of six Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) candidate were declared victorious from their constituencies in what is being seen as the biggest humiliation ever served to an opposition coalition.
As the nation kept its eye on the prestigious Patna Saheb seat where Shatrughan Sinha, after switching party from BJP to Congress just days before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, was pitched against a prestige battle against his former colleague and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, the former was leading by over 1.5 lakh votes spelling certain doom on the political future of the former Bollywood superstar.
All marquee names like Lalu Prasad Yadav's daughter Misa Bharti, former JD-U president Sharad Yadav, Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) chief Pappu Yadav, Communist Party of India candidate Kanhaiya Kumar, former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) president and former NDA ally Upendra Kushwaha who contested from two seats, senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, RJD candidate and father-in-law of RJD leader Tej Pratap Yadav Chandrika Rai, Meira Kumar, Mukesh Sahni and many others failed to gain the support of their constituents casting serious doubts on the leadership of Tejaswi Yadav, the former Deputy Chief Minister and the son of Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi, who was leading the Mahagathbandhan to the 'promised land' in the absence of his father who remains incarcerated in a Ranchi Jail in connection with fodder scam.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, who fought his first election of his life and who is now poised to defeat his former colleague Shatrughan Sinha, also known as 'Bihari Babu', in a press conference, said that he always believed voters in Patna Saheb constituency wanted to see Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a second term
"I have always said that the people of Patna Sahib wanted the second term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. My agenda had always been that of hope versus opportunism. While the Mahagathbandhan was an example of extreme opportunism, people see hope in the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is what led to this thumping victory for the NDA," the new MP from Patna Saheb said.
Poll results clearly indicate the slow but inevitable death of smaller parties in Bihar like RLSP, HAM, RLSP, and JAP while also spelling doom for the leadership of Tejaswi Yadav.