WEDNESDAY VOTE PANDEMIC COVID’S MARCH UNABATED 1.4 1 0.8 0.9 Others 24 Percentage change compared to 2015 elections Record 83 deaths in Delhi, highest single-day spike of 7,830 Corona cases A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 4 BJP does better than Nitish’s JD(U); focus now on naming the new CM NEW DELHI RJD has highest vote share, is single largest party, but alliance flounders J8.00 Source: ECI (As of 1 am Wednesday) Democracy has again won in Bihar with blessings of the people. ... I congratulate the workers and express my heartfelt gratitude to the people — Narendra Modi, PM PAGES 12 Oppn momentum falters as Cong fails to match even its score in 2015 Owaisi eats into Oppn’s Muslim vote share in Seemanchal, gets 5 seats SE A T @ Patna/New Delhi IF ever there was a cliffhanger of an election, with the pendulum swinging wildly by the hour, this was it. Till late evening, the day belonged to the alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party-Janata Dal (United), prompting the BJP to prepare for a grand victory celebration at the central party office in the heart of Delhi. But the ladoos, firecrackers and dhols had to be put on hold as the Rashtriya Janata Dal-led mahagathbandhan closed in, turning the Bihar election 2020 into an edge of the seat thriller. Till midnight the ruling alliance was still marginally ahead, with leads/wins in 122 out of the 243 seats while the mahagathbandhan had 114. But the results/trends also exposed the fault lines between the BJP and the JD (U). This was because the JD (U) was the biggest loser, relegated to a distant third at 43 seats, down nearly 30 from its 2015 tally For this, it openly . blamed Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party . While the LJP just won a single seat, it ate up 5.7% of the vote share, cutting into the JD(U)’s base. More significantly, Chirag had openly worked against chief minister Nitish Kumar during the campaign while praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi. With such a close race not witnessed in a long time and throwing up many possibilities, BJP leaders Sushil Modi, Bhupendra Yadav, Nti- AL F-WA 243 122 BJP: 74 ■ JDU: 43 ■ VIP: 4 ■ HAM: 4 RAJESH THAKUR & MANISH ANAND H yanand Rai and Sanjay Jaiswal rushed to Nitish’s residence, remaining closeted till late at night and reassuring the chief minister that he was their leader. Union home minister Amit Shah also called Nitish. But whatever be Nitish’s grudge against Chirag, the election results only underlined his waning appeal. The mass mood was that he had become arrogant in the last five years, ruling the state through an unpopular and inaccessible bureaucracy So . even if he becomes the first Bihar CM to rule for a fourth straight term, his position is bound to be much weaker. In 27 seats the margins were so thin that the Rashtriya Janata Dal smelt a rat. Party leader Tejashwi Yadav filed a written complaint with the Election Commission in BIHAR 2020 Patna, complaining of being robbed of at least seven seats. But addressing the media past 10 pm, EC officials in New Delhi denied the charge. The election result was also a story of what might have been for the young Tejashwi. Throughout the campaign he drew large crowds and created a huge hype around the unemployment problem in the state. But that didn’t translate into votes. The uniform view for this failure was that Tejashwi was unable to shake off the widespread feeling among the people that if the RJD came to power, it would mean the return of the jungle raj. This fear of a return to lawlessness was repeatedly stressed by Modi and Nitish at rallies and on the face of it, jungle raj M ARK ■ L TA Y 125 NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE TO NDA ASCENDANT IN SEESAW S WINS/LEADS 5 Nota 1.7 twitter.com/TheMornStandard BJP 19.4 AIMIM 1.2 BIHAR facebook.com/TheMorningStandard 2.8 JD(U) 15.4 LJP 5.7 epaper.morningstandard.in 4.7 Cong 9.5 NOVEMBER, 2020 SHARE RJD 23.1 11 BIHAR MAHAGATH BANDHAN ■ Modi sends message to China, Pak at SCO meet P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi IN an indirect message to Pakistan and China at a global forum, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said it was important for countries to respect each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity . “India has strong cultural and historical ties with SCO countries. Respecting one another’s sovereignty, territorial integrity should be a basic principle while enhancing connectivity Modi said at the Shanghai Coop,” eration Organisation (SCO) heads of state meeting. This was the first time that Modi shared stage with Chinese President Xi Jinping since the June 15 face-off at Galwan Valley in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed. In an apparent reference to Pakistan, Modi said that attempts were being made by some states repeatedly to bring bilateral issues on the platform and hindering with the SCO’s agenda. “It is unfortunate that repeated attempts are being made to unnecessarily bring bilateral issues into the SCO agenda, which violate the SCO Charter and Shanghai Spirit. Such efforts are contrary to the spirit of consensus and cooperation that defines SCO,” he said in the presence of Pakistan PM Imran Khan. The prime minister stressed on India’s opposition to drug smuggling and terrorism saying that India believes in prosperity, peace and security “We have always voiced opposi. tion to terrorism, illegal ar ms smuggling, drugs and money laundering. India has remained firm in its commitment to work under the SCO as per the principles laid down in the SCO Charter,” Modi said. 8 AIMIM: 5 BSP: 1 ■ IND: 1 LJP: 1 BYPOLL OUTCOME Wins + leads in 59 seats across 11 states MADHYA PRADESH (28) BJP 19 | Cong 9 GUJARAT (8) BJP 8 UTTAR PRADESH (7) BJP 6 | SP 1 MANIPUR-5 BJP 4 Independent 1 BJP activists exult as the NDA does well in the Bihar Assembly polls, in Patna on Tuesday | PTI KARNATAKA (2) BJP 2 trumped unemployment. “The NDA campaign on the return of the jungle raj created a kind of fear psychosis among the voters,” said R K Verma, a political analyst. The numbers also signalled a deeper churning in state politics, with sub-regional factors playing out. While the NDA did exceedingly well in the Seemanchal, Mithila, Champaran and Ang regions, the mahagathbandhan performed better in the Bhojpur, Magadh and central parts of Bihar. The election also saw the emergence of Asaduddin Owaisi’s All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen as a force in some Muslim-dominated areas, harming the RJD. The AIMIM benefited from its alliance with Mandalite parties such as the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party and helped itself by winning five seats, up from one it held in the outgoing assembly . R A J E S H A S N A N I @ Jaipur Mumbai Indians clinched their fifth IPL crown in Dubai on Tuesday by beating Delhi Capitals in the final by five wickets. They are the second team after Chennai Super Kings to defend the title | SPORTZPICS ■ ■ ■ CPM: 2 ■ CPI: 2 ■ CPIML: 12 ■ Cong: 19 ■ RJD: 75 Man beaten by Raj cops dies, five suspended MI-DAS TOUCH 110 OTHER PARTIES THE death of a person in police custody sparked outrage in Rajasthan’s Bundi district on Tuesday . Harji Gurjar’s family alleged he was beaten up by policemen for refusing to give ‘Diwali donation’. After the prima facie investigation, five policemen have been suspended. According to eyewitnesses, some policemen from Ram Nagar police station reached the Kanjar slum in simple clothing in the afternoon to arrest 55-year-old Gurjar for gambling. After his family protested, they agreed to let him off if he paid ‘Diwali donation’. When Gurjar refused, he was taken to the police station. The family alleged that when they reached there, they found him unconscious and took him to hospital where he was declared dead. The family has released some videos on social media where the policemen are seen forcefully taking away Gurjar. The police, however, claimed Gurjar was arrested for gambling and his health deteriorated while being taken to the police station. The family members of Gurjar and others held a protest and tried to take the body to the collector’s office. They demanded exemplary punishment for the guilty policeman. The situation came under control when senior police officers promised strict action and an autopsy was initiated by the medical board in front of judicial officers. CHHATTISGARH (1) Cong 1 TELANGANA (1) BJP 1 JHARKHAND (2) Cong 1 | JMM 1 NAGALAND (2) NDPP 1; Ind 1 HARYANA (1) Cong 1 ODISHA (2) BJD 2 BJP sweeps bypolls in MP, UP, Gujarat; wrests Dubbaka seat from TRS M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi IF the bypoll verdict on Tuesday is any indicator, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to have arguably got the nation’s endorsement for his COVID-19 management, as the BJP bagged or was leading in as many as 40 on 59 Assembly seats across 11 states where they were held. The biggest gainers were Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his Manipur counterpart N Biren Singh, as they were assured of stability on account of sweeping victories. Barring Haryana and Telangana, ruling dispensations managed to control the bypoll narrative elsewhere. UP CM Yogi Adityanath further consolidated his hold, winning six of the seven seats at stake. Chief ministers B S Yediyurappa (Karnataka), Naveen Patnaik (Odisha) and Hemant Soren’s alliance (Jharkhand) bagged two seats each. In Gujarat, the BJP government won all eight seats. The big surprise came from Telangana as the BJP bagged Dubbaka with a slender margin of 1,118 votes. The BJP’s performance came despite its top brass staying away from the campaigns, focus as it did on Bihar instead. Its state leaders demonstrated their dominance over the Congress in MP and Gujarat, while denying opportunity to the Samajwadi Party in UP to make a comeback. INSIDE TEJASHWI’S SOCIAL ENGINEERING FAILS | P7 SCINDIA PROVES HIS CLOUT | P8
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