Few Facts about Last Bihar Assembly Election 2015

Papun Rout

Bihar Assembly election 2015 was the 2nd big shocker that BJP got after victory in Lok Sabha election 2014, Delhi being the first. Here are some facts about the Bihar Assembly Election 2015.

  1. RJD was the single Largest party in Bihar. Led by ex-Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD got 81 assembly seats.
  2. In terms of Vote share BJP led by Sushil Modi got the highest voteshare. In Bihar Assembly election BJP got 24.4 percentage.
  3. Though RJD was the single largest party and BJP won the highest voteshare, it was JD(u) which got the bigger share in Bihar Government formed after election. Nitish Kumar of RJD became Chief Minister of Bihar.
  4. Tejasvi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav, sons of Lalu Prasad Yadav both won their respective Assembly seats. Tejasvi Yadav, younger son Lalu Prasad Yadav went on to become Deputy CM of Bihar. While Tej Pratap Yadav got the Ministry of Health of the State.
  5. 2015 Bihar Assembly Election witnessed only 56.8% of vote percentage. However, since 2000, this was the highest voter turnout in Bihar Assembly election.
  6. The election proved out to disaster of nearly all exit poll. Most of the exit poll gave majority to BJP led NDA in the state. However, agencies like CVoter, Axis and Cicero predicted a win for Mahagthbadhan (JD(U)+RJD+INC) in Bihar.

Bihar is set to go in for polls again in the month of October-November this year. Nitish Kumar who had joined Mahagathbandhan just before Lok Sabha 2014 election is back in NDA. BJP central leadership has already declared that Nitish Kumar will be the face of NDA in Bihar for the upcoming election. On the other hand, RJD will be fighting the election without Lalu Prasad Yadav. He is serving his jail term in Jharakhand for corruption charges. The COVID19 crisis has overshadowed the election fever, however, parties are gradually going digital to reach their voters.