Chirag Paswan’s Lok Jan Shakti Party has won only 1 seat and 5.66% votes in Bihar Assembly elections. However, he has impacted Nitish Kumar’s election results in a big way. It is estimated that Nitish Kumar led JD(U) might have lost at least 25 seats just because LJP contested against it.
According to analysts, there are many seats where JD(U) candidates lost by thin margin and on all those seats LJP was a big factor in the defeat.
For example, on Alauli seat JD(U) candidate lost by only 2,773 votes. On this seat, LJP got 26,386 votes. And if LJP had fought as a part of NDA, this seat would have easily been won by NDA, or JD(U) for that matter.
Similarly, in Atri, JD (U) lost by 7,931 votes. On this seat, LJP got 25,873 votes. Clearly, JD (U) lost only because LJP was there.
There are many such other seats too. Like Bajapatii, Barbara, Chenari, Darbhanga Rural, Auraiya, Ekma, Gaighat, Islampur, Jamalpur, Kargahar, Khagaria, Laukhaha, Maharajganj, Mahnar, Mahua, Morwa, Nathnagar, Rajapakar, Samastipur, Sheikhpura, Sherghatgi, Singheshwar, Surajgarha etc, where JD (U) clearly lost because LJP dented its vote base. Had LJD not contested separately, all these seats would have gone to the NDA bag easily.
JD (U) has won only 43 seats and has got the third rank in terms of total number of seats won. While RJD has won 75 seats, BJP came close second with 74 seats. However, JD(U) lost in a big way and had to be satisfied with third position. And for this, JD (U) has no one else to blame but LJP and Chirag Paswan.
Had Chirag Paswan fought the elections as a part of NDA, JD(U) might have bagged at least 20 to 25 more seats and would have been the top party, or at least the top second.
It is interesting to note that despite his party having won only 1 seat in Bihar, Lok Janshakti Party president Chirag Paswan is quite upbeat. While he credited the victory to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said that he was happy with his party’s performance as his party’s vote has only increased. His party had contested 140 seats and received 5.68 percent of the total votes.
Clearly, if denting Nitish Kumar’s base was the only political goal of Chirag Paswan, he did achieve it. Nitish Kumar will still be the CM of Bihar. However, with lesser seat than BJP, he would not command the same influence as he would have, had Chirag factor not spoiled the game for him.