LIVE UPDATES: Exit polls predict rout for NDA in Bihar, netizens take dig at Arnab Goswami with jokes


Several exit polls have predicted a complete rout for the National Democratic Alliance comprising the BJP and the JDU in Bihar. While India Today’s exit poll said that Tejashwi Yadav-led Mahagathbandhan was set to win between 139 and 161 seats in the 243-seat Bihar assembly, Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV too said that BJP-JDU combine may fall short of a majority. The prediction by Republic TV came amidst its founder Arnab Goswami spending the fourth night in a row in judicial custody. As expected, this became a topic of jokes for netizens.

The exit poll prediction by CNN News 18-Todays Chanakya has given a whopping 180 seats to the Mahagathbandhan, while the NDA is only expected to win 55 seats, according to its survey.

Bihar went to polls in three phases on 28 October, 3 November and 7 November. The counting is scheduled to be held on 10 November. While Nitish Kumar is seeking a fifth term in office, Tejashwi Yadav is the chief minister face for the RJD-Congress alliance.

LIVE UPDATES on today’s big stories will appear below:

22:55 PM: Record spike of 7,745 new coronavirus cases in Delhi take tally to over 4.3 lakh; toll rises to 6,989 with 77 more deaths: authorities (PTI)

20:11 PM: Arnab taken to Taloja Jail. Let me remind you who else is in that same jail: 83 year old Father Stan Swamy who has Parkinson’s and needs NIA permission to use a sipper to drink water. Great public intellectual Anand Teltumbde. Radio Rwanda is in same jail with people he demonised: Jignesh Mevani

18:03 PM: RJD warns workers to not indulge in celebratory firing or indecent behaviour with political opponents on 10 November regardless of the election outcome.

17:01 PM: Four security personnel including an officer of the Indian Army killed during an anti-terror operation along the Line of Control or LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Three suspected militants also gunned down.

14:14 AM: CBI books Moyukh Bhaduri, former CMD, Hindustan Steelworks Construction Ltd  in bribery case: officials. (PTI)

14:08 AM: People should avoid bursting firecrackers as pollution can affect COVID-19 patients: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. (PTI)

13:41 AM: A 28-year-old man was stabbed to death in south-east #Delhi’s East of Kailash in a brawl over urination in front of a grocery store, following which two shopowner brothers were arrested, police said on Sunday. (IANS)

12:46 AM: 5-yr-old boy stuck in borewell in Madhya Pradesh’s Niwari district has died. Rescue workers managed to retrieve him from the borewell and rushed him to a hospital, where doctors declared him dead: Officials. (PTI)

11:22 AM: Delhi has hit peak of third wave of COVID-19. Cases will come down soon: Health Minister Jain (PTI)

10:56 AM: In a shocking incident, a 15-year-old #Dalit girl was set ablaze in a village in #Ballia district by a youth for spurning his sexual advances. (IANS)

10:24 AM: Single day rise of 45,674 new COVID-19 cases, 559 fatalities pushes India’s virus caseload to 85,07,754, death toll to 1,26,121:Govt. (PTI)

09:49 AM: Congress President Sonia Gandhi appoints Congress General Secretaries Randeep Singh Surjewala & Avinash Pandey as Observers of Bihar; both leaders will be reaching Patna today. They’ll decide on political activities post poll results after talks with central leadership: Sources. (ANI)


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