Live updates: Early trends show Mahagathbandhan leading, only 8 seats short of breaching the mid-way mark

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9:00 AM

Battle of prestige for Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kamal Nath in Madhya Pradesh as bypoll results will decide the fate of Shivraj Singh Chouhan government. Byelections were held on November 3 in Madhya Pradesh. Of the 28 seats undergoing counting, the BJP needs to win at least 8 to retain power.

The Congress-led Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh fell earlier this year after former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia quit the party along with rebel Congress MLAs. He later joined the BJP.

Meanwhile, latest figures for Bihar show MGB (Mahagathbandhan) leading on as many as 114 seats with NDA on 90 in Bihar. MGB only 8 seat short of the breaching the half-way mark.

Tejashwi Yadav is leading from Radhopur seat.

8:40 AM

Counting of votes begins for the 243 seats in Bihar Assembly as well as bypolls to as many as 58 seats across 11 states. As per media reports, early trends show Mahagathbandhan leading on 44 seats while NDA on 28.

The exit polls have predicted a hung assembly in Bihar with a slight edge to the Mahagathbandhan. However, in 2015 state assembly elections, almost all exit polls got it wrong.

RJD has been projecting confidence of Tejashwi being elected as the Chief Minister of Bihar. Tejashwi is son of fodder scam convict Lalu Prasad Yadav, who himself has been Bihar chief minister as well as Union Minister under the UPA government. His wife, Rabri Devi, too, has been chief minister of Bihar. Under Lalu’s rule, Bihar was often referred to as ‘jungle raj‘ for the unbridled crime and corruption.

Along with Bihar, counting for 28 assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh is also currently underway. This will decide the fate of Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in state.

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