The 2015 Bihar Assembly polls were fought in five phases . And it was a slug fest as the contenders for power the NDA le3d by BJP and the Grand Alliance led by RJD, JD ( U ) and Congress spared nothing to woo the voters their way in a bitter poll campaign. Prime Minister Narendra Modi , was thew star campaigner for the NDA addressed as many as 30 rallies .
The JD ( U) too left no stone un-turned Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav too wooed the voters in their characteristic style. The Congress campaign was led by party president Sonia Gandhi and vice- president Rahul Gandhi. From Dadri lynching controversy, to Beef , to , intolerance debate , battle over Bihar DNA the battle for Bihar proved how much a win mattered for both BJP led NDA and the Grand Alliance .
Now the D- Day has come. The counting for the 243 seats of the assembly will begin at 8 am on November 8 . While CM Nitish Kumar is not in the fray, among the prominent faces in the battle are mahadalit leader Jitan Ram Manjhi, who has fought from two seats, and two sons of RJD chief Lalu Prasad have also made their electoral debut. The five-phased elections, which started on October 12 and ended on November 5, saw the lead campaigners from both the sides trading bitter accusations that at times turned personal.
Over a dozen FIRs were lodged by the poll authorities in Bihar against the top leaders of the two alliances relating to their alleged hate speeches. The accused included BJP chief Amit Shah, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and JD(U) president Sharad Yadav.