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BJP remains cautious despite Bihar's promising trends, as Covid slows down counting

By Pragya Kaushika
November 10, 2020 14:14 IST
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With a hawk-eye on the evolving tally and a bit skeptical about the National Democratic Alliance's performance in Bihar, Bharatiya Janata Party is treading cautiously before it starts celebrating a victory.

IMAGE: Election officials count votes at a centre on counting day of Bihar assembly polls, in Patna. Photograph: PTI Photo

BJP leaders could be seen sharing jokes on whether sweets should be offered to those present at its headquarters or not.

 

In previous assembly polls, the party had to face embarrassment as visuals of laddoos covered all television screens as the early trends saw BJP leading but eventually lost in states like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

This time, BJP didn't want such optics and have chosen to wait. "We have got ladoos but sweets will come out only after results are clearly announced," quipped one of the leaders.

Even a sweet biscuit with an early morning cup of tea was taken with a pinch of sarcasm.

"No sweet, this biscuit is salty and sweet, just like the situation we are in," said a BJP leader while offering biscuits to another party spokesperson.

Most leaders remained tight-lipped on the results Bihar will produce by the end of the day. However, smiles could be seen all around and spokespersons became confident as the result starts looking promising for the BJP.

Bihar has gone to polls in three phases for 243 assembly seats. A majority of exit polls showed Mahagathbandhan leading in the polls, forcing the BJP to adopt a "wait and celebrate policy".

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