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Bihar Assembly Election Results Live - Constituency Wise

Constituency NameParty NameCandidate NameStatusMargin
Agiaon  CPIMLManoj ManzilWon48550
Alamnagar  JDUNarendra Narayan YadavWon28680
Alauli  RJDRamvriksh SadaWon2773
Alinagar  VIPMishri Lal YadavWon3101
Amarpur Banka  JDUJayant RajWon3114
Amnour  BJPKrishan Kumar MantooWon3681
Bhorey  RJDSunil KumarWon462
Amour  AIMIMAKHTARUL IMANWon52515
Araria  INCAbidur RahmanWon47936
Arrah  BJPAmrendra Pratap SinghWon3002
Arwal  CPIMLMaha Nand SinghWon19950
Asthawan  JDUJitendra KumarWon11600
Bathnaha  RJDAnil KumarWon46818
Tikari  RJDAnil KumarWon2630
Atri  RJDAjay YadavWon7931
Aurai  BJPRam Surat KumarWon47866
Aurangabad  INCAnand Shankar SinghWon2243
Babubarhi  JDUMina KumariWon11488
Bachhwara  BJPSurendra MehataWon484
Bagaha  BJPRam SinghWon30020
Bahadurganj  AIMIMMOHAMMAD ANZAR NAYEEMIWon45215
Bahadurpur  JDUMadan SahniWon2629
Baikunthpur  RJDPrem Shankar PrasadWon11113
Baisi  AIMIMSYED RUKNUDDIN AHMADWon16373
Bajpatti  RJDMukesh Kumar YadavWon2704
Bakhri  CPISURYAKANT PASWANWon777
Bakhtiarpur  RJDAniruddh KumarWon20672
Balrampur  CPIMLMahboob AlamWon53597
Baniapur  RJDKedar Nath SinghWon27789
Banka  BJPRam Narayan MandalWon16828
Bankipur  BJPNitin NabinWon39036
Banmankhi  BJPKrishna Kumar RishiWon27743
Barari  JDUBijay SinghWon10438
Barauli  BJPRampravesh RaiWon14155
Barbigha  JDUSudarshan KumarWon113
Barh  BJPGyanendra Kumar SinghWon10240
Barhara  BJPRaghvendra Pratap SinghWon6818
Barharia  RJDBachcha PandeyWon3559
Baruraj  BJPArun Kumar SinghWon43654
Bathnaha  BJPAnil KumarWon46818
Tikari  BJPAnil KumarWon2630
Begusarai  BJPKundan KumarWon4554
Belaganj  RJDSurendra Prasad YadavWon23963
Beldaur  JDUPanna Lal Singh PatelWon5108
Belhar  JDUManoj YadavWon2473
Belsand  RJDSanjay Kumar GuptaWon13685
Benipatti  BJPVinod Narayan JhaWon32652
Benipur  JDUBinay Kumar ChoudharyWon6590
Minapur  RLSPRajeev KumarWon15512
Bettiah  BJPRenu DeviWon18079
Bhabua  RJDBharat BindWon10045
Bhagalpur  INCAjit SharmaWon1113
Bhorey  JDUSunil KumarWon462
Bibhutpur  CPIMLAjay KumarWon40496
Bihariganj  JDUNiranjan Kumar MehtaWon18711
Biharsharif  BJPDr. Sunil KumarWon15102
Bihpur  BJPKumar ShailendraWon6129
Bikram  INCSiddharth SauravWon35460
Bisfi  BJPHaribhushan ThakurWon10241
Bochahan  VIPMUSAFIR PASWANWon11268
Bodh Gaya  RJDKumar SarvjeetWon4708
Barhampur  RJDSHAMBHU NATH YADAVWon51141
Buxar  INCSanjay Kr. Tiwari @ Munna TiwariWon3892
Chanpatia  BJPUmakant SinghWon13469
Chapra  BJPDr. C. N. GuptaWon6771
Chenari  INCMurari Prasad GautamWon18003
Cheria Bariarpur  RJDRaj Vanshi MahtoWon40897
Chhatapur  BJPNeeraj Kumar SinghWon20635
Chiraia  BJPLal Babu Prasad GuptaWon16874
Danapur  RJDRit Lal RayWon15924
Darauli  CPIMLSatyadeo RamWon12119
Daraundha  BJPKarnjeet Singh Alias Vyas SinghWon11320
Darbhanga  BJPSanjay SaraogiWon10639
Darbhanga Rural  RJDLalit Kumar YadavWon2141
Dehri  RJDPhate Bahadur SinghWon464
Dhaka  BJPPawan Kumar JaiswalWon10114
Dinara  BJPPawan Kumar JaiswalWon10114
Dhamdaha  JDULeshi SinghWon33594
Dhoraiya  RJDBhudeo ChoudharyWon2687
Digha  BJPSanjiv ChaurasiaWon46073
Sikti  RJDVijay Kumar MandalWon13610
Dumraon  CPIMLAjit Kumar SinghWon24415
Ekma  RJDSrikant YadavWon13927
Fatwah  RJDDr. Ramanand YadavWon19370
Forbesganj  BJPVidya Sagar KeshariWon19702
Gaighat  RJDNiranjan RoyWon7566
Garkha  RJDSurendra RamWon9937
Gora Bauram  VIPSwarna SinghWon7280
Gaya Town  BJPPrem KumarWon11898
Ghosi  CPIMLRam Bali Singh YadavWon17333
Gobindpur  RJDMd KamranWon33074
Goh  RJDBhim Kumar SinghWon35618
Gopalganj  BJPSubash SinghWon36752
Gopalpur  JDUNarendra Kumar NirajWon24461
Goriyakothi  BJPDevesh Kant SinghWon11891
Govindganj  BJPSunil Mani TiwariWon27924
Gurua  RJDVinay KumarWon6599
Hajipur  BJPAwadhesh SinghWon2990
Harlakhi  JDUSudhanshu ShekharWon17593
Begusarai  INCKundan KumarWon4554
Harnaut  JDUHari Narayan SinghWon27241
Harsidhi  BJPKrishnanandan PaswanWon15685
Hasanpur  RJDTej Pratap YadavWon21139
Hathua  RJDRajesh Kumar SinghWon30527
Mohiuddinnagar  RJDRajesh Kumar SinghWon15114
Hayaghat  BJPRam Chandra PrasadWon10252
Hilsa  JDUKrishnamurari Sharan Urf Prem MukhiyaWon12
Hisua  INCNitu KumariWon17091
Islampur  RJDRakesh Kumar RoushanWon3698
Jagdishpur  RJDRam Vishun SinghWon22107
Jale  BJPJibesh KumarWon21796
Jamalpur  INCAjay Kumar SinghWon4432
Jamui  BJPShreyasi SinghWon41049
Jahanabad  RJDKumar Krishna Mohan urf Suday YadavWon33902
Jhajha  JDUDamodar RawatWon1679
Jhanjharpur  BJPNitish MishraWon41788
Jokihat  AIMIMShahnawazWon7383
Kadwa  INCShakeel Ahmad KhanWon32402
Kahalgaon  BJPPawan Kumar YadavWon42893
Kalyanpur  RJDManoj Kumar YadavWon10251
Kalyanpur  RJDManoj Kumar YadavWon10251
Kanti  RJDMohammad Israil MansuriWon10314
Karakat  CPIMLArun SinghWon18189
Kargahar  INCSantosh Kumar MishraWon4083
Kasba  INCMd. Afaque AlamWon17278
Katihar  BJPTarkishore PrasadWon10519
Katoria  BJPDr. Nikki HembromWon6421
Keoti  BJPMurari Mohan JhaWon5126
Kesaria  JDUShalini MishraWon9227
Khagaria  INCChhatrapati YadavWon3000
Khajauli  BJPArun Shankar PrasadWon22689
Kishanganj  INCIjaharul HusainWon1381
Kochadhaman  AIMIMMUHAMMED IZHAR ASFIWon36143
Korha  BJPKavita DeviWon28943
Kuchaikote  JDUAmrendra Kumar PandeyWon20630
Kumhrarh  BJPArun Kumar SinhaWon26463
Kurhani  RJDAnil Kumar SahniWon712
Kurtha  RJDBagi Kumar VermaWon27810
Kusheshwar Asthan  JDUShashibhushan HajariWon7222
Kutumba  INCRajesh KumarWon16653
Lakhisarai  BJPVijay Kumar SinhaWon10483
Lalganj  BJPSanjay Kumar SinghWon26299
Laukaha  RJDBharat Bhushan MandalWon10077
Lauriya  BJPVinay BihariWon29004
Madhepura  RJDChandra ShekharWon15072
Madhuban  BJPRana RandhirWon5878
Madhubani  RJDSamir Kumar MahasethWon6814
Maharajganj  INCVijay Shanker DubeyWon1976
Mahishi  JDUGunjeshwar SahWon1630
Manhar  RJDBINA SINGHWon7947
Lalganj  LJPSanjay Kumar SinghWon26299
Mahua  RJDMukesh Kumar RaushanWon13687
Makhdumpur  RJDSatish KumarWon22565
Maner  RJDBhai VirendraWon32917
Manihari  INCManohar Prasad SinghWon21209
Manjhi  CPIMLDr. Satyendra YadavWon25386
Gurua  LJPVinay KumarWon6599
Marhaura  RJDJitendra Kumar RayWon11385
Masaurhi  RJDRekha DeviWon11385
Matihani  LJPRaj Kumar SinghWon333
Bibhutpur  LJPAjay KumarWon40496
Minapur  RJDRajeev KumarWon15512
Mohania  RJDSangita KumariWon12054
Hathua  BJPRajesh Kumar SinghWon30527
Mohiuddinnagar  BJPRajesh Kumar SinghWon15114
Mokama  RJDAnant Kumar SinghWon35757
Morwa  RJDRanvijay SahuWon10671
Motihari  BJPPramod KumarWon14645
Munger  BJPPranav KumarWon1244
Muzaffarpur  INCBijendra ChaudharyWon6326
Nabinagar  RJDVijay Kumar Singh Alias Dabloo SinghWon20121
Nalanda  JDUShrawon KumarWon16077
Narkatia  RJDShamim AhmadWon27791
Narkatiaganj  BJPRashmi VarmaWon21134
Narpatganj  BJPJai Prakash YadavWon28610
Nathnagar  RJDAli Ashraf SiddiquiWon7756
Nautan  BJPNarayan PrasadWon25896
Nawada  RJDVibha DeviWon26310
Nirmali  JDUAniruddha Prasad YadavWon43922
Nokha  RJDAnita DeviWon17672
Bhorey  JDUSunil KumarWon462
Obra  RJDRishi KumarWon22668
Bibhutpur  RLSPAjay KumarWon40496
Paliganj  CPIMLSandeep SauravWon30915
Parbatta  JDUDoctor Sanjeev KumarWon951
Parihar  BJPGaytri DeviWon1569
Paroo  BJPAshok Kumar SinghWon14698
Parsa  RJDChhote Lal RayWon17293
Patepur  BJPLakhendra Kumar RaushanWon25839
Patna Sahib  BJPNand Kishore YadavWon18300
Phulparas  JDUSheela KumariWon10966
Phulwari  CPIMLGopal RavidasWon13857
Pipra  BJPShyambabu Prasad YadavWon8177
Pipra Supaul  JDURambilash KamatWon19245
Pirpainti  BJPLalan KumarWon27019
Pranpur  BJPNisha SinghWon2972
Purnia  BJPVijay Kumar KhemkaWon32154
Paroo  JDUAshok Kumar SinghWon14698
Rafiganj  RJDMohammad NehaluddinWon9429
Makhdumpur  BJPSatish KumarWon22565
Raghopur  RJDTejashwi Prasad YadavWon38714
Raghunathpur  RJDHarishankar YadavWon17965
Raja Pakar  INCPratima KumariWon1796
Rajauli  RJDPrakash VeerWon12593
Rajgir  JDUKaushal KishoreWon16048
Rajnagar  BJPDr. Ramprit PaswanWon19121
Rajpur  INCVishwanath RamWon21204
Paroo  BJPAshok Kumar SinghWon14698
Ramgarh  RJDSudhakar SinghWon189
Ramnagar  BJPBhagirathi DeviWon15796
Raniganj  JDUAchmit RishidevWon2304
Raxaul  BJPPramod Kumar SinhaWon36923
Riga  BJPMoti Lal PrasadWon32495
Rosera  BJPBirendra KumarWon35744
Runisaidpur  JDUPANKAJ KUMAR MISHRAWon24629
Rupauli  JDUBima BhartiWon19330
Saharsa  BJPAlok RanjanWon19679
Sahebganj  VIPRAJU KUMAR SINGHWon15333
Sahebpur Kamal  RJDSatanand Sambuddha @lalanWon14225
Sakra  JDUAshok Kumar ChodharyWon1537
Samastipur  RJDAkhtarul Islam ShahinWon4714
Sandesh  RJDKiran DeviWon50607
Sarairanjan  JDUVijay Kumar ChoudharyWon3624
Warisnagar  JDUAshok KumarWon13801
Sasaram  RJDRajesh Kumar GuptaWon26423
Shahpur  RJDRahul TiwaryWon22883
Sheikhpura  RJDVijay KumarWon6116
Sheohar  RJDChetan AnandWon36686
Bajpatti  LJPMukesh Kumar YadavWon2704
Sherghati  RJDManju AgrawalWon16690
Sikta  CPIMLBirendra Prasad GuptaWon2302
Sikti  BJPVijay Kumar MandalWon13610
Lalganj  LJPSanjay Kumar SinghWon26299
Simri Bakhtiarpur  RJDYusuf SalahuddinWon1759
Singheshwar  RJDChandrahas ChaupalWon5573
Sitamarhi  BJPMithilesh KumarWon11475
Bhorey  RJDSunil KumarWon462
Siwan  RJDAwadh Bihari ChaudharyWon1973
Sonbarsha  JDURatnesh SadaWon13466
Sonepur  RJDDr. Ramanuj PrasadWon3386
Sugauli  RJDEr. Shashi Bhushan SinghWon3447
Pirpainti  INCLalan KumarWon27019
Sultanganj  JDULalit Narayan MandalWon11565
Supaul  JDUBijendra Prasad YadavWon28099
Suryagarha  RJDPRAHLAD YADAVWon9589
Sursand  JDUDilip RayWon8876
Taraiya  BJPJanak SinghWon11307
Tarapur  JDUMewa Lal ChoudharyWon7225
Asthawan  RLSPJitendra KumarWon11600
Tarari  CPIMLSudama Prasad S/o Ganga Dayal SahWon11015
Teghra  CPIRam Ratan SinghWon47979
Rosera  JDUBirendra KumarWon35744
Pirpainti  LJPLalan KumarWon27019
Thakurganj  RJDSaud AlamWon23887
Triveniganj  JDUVeena BhartiWon3031
Ujiarpur  RJDAlok Kumar MehtaWon23268
Vaishali  JDUSiddharth PatelWon7413
Valmiki Nagar  JDUDhirendra Pratap Singh alias Rinku SinghWon21585
Warisnagar  JDUAshok KumarWon13801
Warsaliganj  BJPAruna DeviWon9030
Makhdumpur  INCSatish KumarWon22565
Wazirganj  BJPBirendra SinghWon22430
Ziradei  CPIMLAmarjeet KushwahaWon25510
Barachatti  JYOTI DEVIWon6318
Chainpur  MOHD. ZAMA KHANWon24294
Chakai  SUMIT KUMAR SINGHWon581
Imamganj  Jitan Ram ManjhiWon16034
Sikandra  Praful Kumar ManjhiWon5505



Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Candidates List

As the battle for Bihar heats up, the BJP has announced list of 153 candidates for next month’s assembly elections.

While announcing the list, senior party leaders stressed that more than half the candidates were youth and women and 60 per cent were from the SC and backward castes — but there is more to the list than meets the eye.

An analysis of the list reveals that the party is not taking any chances when it comes to caste. In fact, as many as 17 castes may have found a place in the first list. This puts into question the theory that BJP president Amit Shah’s strategy to wrest Bihar from former ally Nitish Kumar is dependent on upper-caste consolidation.

The caste cauldron in Bihar is the most complex amongst all states, arguably even more than neighboring Uttar Pradesh. The BJP, therefore, is taking no chances – as seen in its fielding of five Yadav candidates in the first list. Will a section of the significant Yadav vote be weaned away from Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD? Amit Shah will surely be banking on that.

Meanwhile, 26 sitting MLAs are part of the list, while three sitting BJP legislators have been denied party tickets. One of the disgruntled trio, Aman Paswan, has already contacted the JD(U). Besides dealing with party members unhappy with ticket allocation, the BJP will also have to assuage the feelings of its allies, LJP, RLSP and HAM, who may be unhappy at their share of seats. Overall, though, caste remains central to Bihar’s politics and the BJP’s first list of candidates is a tacit acknowledgment of that.


List of BJP Candidates 2015 for Bihar Elections

Select Your Constituency to Know contesting candidate name
AC No.AC NameCandidates NamePhase
136Sarai RanjanRanjit Nirguni 1
139Rosada (SC)Manju Hazari 1
143TegadhaRam Lakhan Singh 1
144Singh MatihaniSarvesh Kumar 1
146Begu SaraiSurendra Mehta 1
147Bakhri (SC)Ramanand Ram 1
151ParbattaRamanuj Chowdhary 1
152BihpurKumar Shailendra 1
153GopalpurAnil Yadav 1
154PeerPatiLallan Paswan 1
161BankaRam Narayan Mandal 1
162Katoria (ST)Nikki Hembram 1
163BelharManoj Yadav 1
165Yadav MungerPranav Kumar 1
167SuryagarahPrem Ranjan patel 1
168Lakhi SaraiVijay Kumar Sinha 1
235Rajauli (SC)Arjun Ram 1
236HisuaAnil Singh 1
242JhajhaRavindra Yadav 1
133SamastipurRenu Kushawah1
135MorvaSuresh Rai1
156BhagalpurArjit Saswat1
239WarsaliganjAruna Devi1
241JamuiAjay Pratap Singh1
137MohiuddinnagarSatyendra Singh1
238GobindpurPhulwa devi Yadav1
159AmarpurMrinal Sheker1
203RamgarhAshok Singh 2
204Mohania (SC)Neeranjan Ram 2
206ChainpurBrij Kishore Bind 2
208SasaramJawahar Prasad 2
210DinaraRajendra Singh 2
211NokhaRameshwar Prasad Chaurasia 2
213KarakatRajeshwar Raj 2
214ArvalChitranjan Kumar 2
219GohManoj Sharma 2
221Naveen NagarGopal Singh 2
223AurangabaadRamadhar Singh 2
225GuruaRajiv Dangi 2
229BodhgayaShyam Dev Paswan 2
230GayaPrem Kumar 2
234WazirganjVirendra Singh 2
205BhabuaAnand Bhushan Pandey2
8BetiyanRenu Devi 3
19MotihariPramod Kumar 3
28SitamarhiSunil Kumar 3
32BenipattiVinod Kumar Narayan Jha3
173RajgirSatyadev Narayan Arya 3
182BankipurNitin Naveen 3
183KumrarArun Kumar 3
184Patna SahibNand Kishore Yadav 3
194AarahAmrendra Pradap Singh 3
113EkmaKameshwar Singh3
115BaniapurTarkeshwar Singh3
116TaraiyaJanak Singh3
117MarhauraLal Babu Rai3
118ChapraC.N Gupta3
119Grkha (SC)Gyanchand Manjhi3
120AmnaurSatrudhan Tiwari3
122SonepurVinay Kumar Singh3
123HazipurAwadhesh Kumar3
128RaghopurSatish Kumar Yadav3
129MahnarDr. Achyutanand3
130Patepur (SC)Mahendra Baidha3
172BiharsharifDr. Sunil Kushwaha3
179BarhGyandra Kumar3
180BakhtiarpurRanvijay Singh3
181Dighasanjeev Chaurasia3
186DanapurAsha Sinha3
187ManerSrikant Nirala3
191BikramAnil Kumar3
192SandeshSanjay Singh3
193BarharaAsha Devi3
195AgiaonShivesh Kumar3
198ShahpurVisheswar Singh3
199BarhampurVivek Thakur3
200BuxarPradeep Dubey3
202Rajpur (SC)Vishwanath Ram3
176Nalandakaushlendra Yadav3
174IslampurVrindra Gop3
190PaliganjRam Janam Sharma3
2Ramnagar (SC)Bhagirathi Devi4
3NarkatiaganjRenu Kumari4
4BagahaRaghav Saran Pandey4
5LauriyaVinay Bihari4
6NautanNaryana Prasad4
7ChanpatiaPrakah Rai4
9SiktaDilip Verma4
10RaxaulDr. Ajay Kumar Singh4
11SugauliRam Chandra Sahni4
13HarsidhiKrishanandan paswan4
15KesariaRajendra Gupta4
16KalyanpurSachindra Prasad 4
17PipraShyam Babu Prasad4
18MadhubanRana Randhir Singh4
20ChiraiaLal Babu Prasad Gupta4
21DhakaPawan Kumar4
23RigaMoti Lal4
24BathnahaDinkar Ram4
25PariharGayatri Devi Yadav4
88GaighatVina Devi4
89AuraiRam Surat Rai4
92SakraArjun Ram4
94MuzaffarpurSuresh Kumar Verma4
96BarurajArun Kumar Singh4
97ParooAshok Kumar Singh4
98SahebganjRaju Kumar Singh4
99BaikunthpurMithilesh Tiwari4
100BarauliRam Pravesh Rai4
101GopalganjSubhash Singh4
103BhoreyIndra Dev Manjhi4
105SiwanVyash Dev Prasad4
106ZiradeiAsha Devi4
107DarauliRamyan Manjhi4
108RaghunathpurManoj Singh4
109DaraundhaJitendra Sawami4
111GoriyakothiDevesh Kant Singh4
112MaharajganjKumar Dev Ranjan Singh4
90PaliganjAjay Kushwaha4
93KurhaniKedar Gupta4
33KhajauliArun Shankar Prasad5
36MadhubaniRam Dev Mahto5
37RajnagarRam Preet Paswan5
38JhanjharpurNitish Mishra5
40LaukahaPramod Priyadarshi5
41NirmaliRam Kumar Rai5
42PipraVishaw Mahon Kumar5
45ChhatapurNiraj Singh Bablu5
46NarpatganjJanardhan Yadav5
47RaniganjRamji5
48ForbesganjManchan Kesri5
51SiktiVijay Mandal5
54KishanganjSweety Singh5
56AmourSaba Jaffer5
58KasbaPradeep Kumar Das5
59BanmankhiKrishna Kumar5
62PurniaVijay Khemka5
63KatiharTara Kishor Prasad5
64KadwaChandra Bhusan Thakur5
66PranpurVinod Singh5
68Bararivibhash chandra choudhary5
69KorhaMahesh Paswan5
71BihariganjDr. Ravichandran Yadav5
73MadhepuraVijay Kumar Yadav5
75SaharsaAlok Ranjan5
80BenipurGopal Thakur5
81AlinagarMishilal Yadav5
83DarbhangaSanjay Sarabagi5
85BahadurpurHari Sahni5
86KeotiAshok Yadav5
87JaleJivesh Kumar Mishra5
39PhulparasRam Sunder Yadav5
52BahadurganjAvadh Bihari Singh5
55KochadhamanAbdur Rehman5
60RupauliPermanand Mandal5


BJP Manifesto or Vision Document for Bihar

The BJP’s manifesto or vision document for Bihar 2015 tries to balance the promise of development with giveaways to several sections of society. These are some of its highlights:
  • Colour TV set for every Dalit and Mahadalit family
  • Laptops for 50,000 meritorious students in Class 10 and 12
  • 5,000 Scootys for girls who perform well in Class 10 and 12
  • Five decimal land for every landless household
  • A home for every family by 2022
  • Dhoti and a saree to every poor family
  • Ensure at least one person per family is e-literate
  • Make toilet mandatory in order to get government loans
  • 24X7 power supply in all parts of the state, including rural areas, by December 2016
  • There would be two power feeder supplies, one for domestic purposes and the second for farming  
  • Metalled roads to connect every village
  • A separate budget for agriculture
  • Setting up of Atal Medicine Centres that will provide medicines at a discount
  • Village councils that encourage education for every girl child above age six to be rewarded
  • Cheaper loans for technical and professional education of women  
  • Interest-free loans to farmers if the loans are taken for agricultural purposes

The CM Candidates of BJP

The BJP-led NDA alliance has entered the Bihar assembly elections without announcing its chief ministerial candidate. BJP strategists are aware that in terms of personal popularity no Bihari politician can match outgoing chief minister and JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar.

Thus any move on the part of the BJP to make it a face-off between Nitish and a state BJP leader will invariably work in the former’s favour. That’s why the BJP’s face in the Bihar polls is prime minister Narendra Modi, the undisputed party leader whose personal popularity continues to remain high after he led his party to a famous victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Of course, if the NDA wins the Bihar polls, the urgent search for a CM will be accompanied by multiple party meetings, selective leaks to the media and high drama — in the best traditions of Indian democracy!

So who are the BJP leaders in the reckoning for the top job? Let’s take a quick look.

Sushil Kumar Modi: Widely regarded as a frontrunner for the CM’s post, Nitish’s former deputy and lifelong RSS member Sushil Kumar Modi is from the Bania caste. If there is anything that doesn’t work for him, it is this — he is from a caste that doesn’t have a major role to play in Bihar’s delicate electoral caste calculations.

Ravi Shankar Prasad: The union communications minister is considered capable, and has a good equation with both prime minister Modi and the RSS. The question is: is he considered too much of a Delhi person?

Rajiv Pratap Rudy: Another high-profile leader who is considered to be CM material. But his support base within the Bihar BJP may be limited.

Nand Kishore Yadav: One of the most important Yadav politicians in the Bihar BJP, the five-time MLA has been a minister in the Nitish Kumar cabinet. If for some reason, caste rules out Sushil Modi, the BJP leadership could look at Nand Kishore as Plan B.

Radha Mohan Singh: The union agriculture minister is not a frontrunner, but may fancy his chances as a potential CM. It helps that he has a good equation with prime minister Modi and was head of the state BJP.

Prem Kumar: The extremely backward caste leader has been an NDA minister, but his overall acceptance within the Bihar BJP may be limited. Prem Kumar has virtually indicated his suitability for the top job.

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