Five phases. 243 seats. 6.68 crore voters. And 3,450 candidates in the fray. That's Bihar elections in numbers. However, the only numbers that matter now is who wins how many seats.
Even as we wait for the results, which will be declared on 8 November, several exit polls have already made their predictions.
Out of seven exit polls, five have given the Grand Alliance an edge over the BJP led NDA. However, the competition is neck to neck.
Apart from these bigger players, there are also smaller players. Asaduddin Owaisi's MIM, Sharad Pawar's NCP and Mayawati's BSP have also contested on a number of seats. The presence of these smaller players, as per the exit poll results, had negligible impact.
Here's what the exit polls say:
Times Now's C Voter exit Polls
Grand Alliance just hits the mid-way mark, according to the poll, while being comfortably ahead of BJP's 111 seats. In terms of vote share, Grand Alliance bags 42 per cent of the vote share and the BJP led NDA is comes a close second with 41 per cents.
BJP+ -- 111
Total -- 243
India Today- ITG Cicero Survey
This survey shows a neck to neck contest between the two main players, while giving a slight edge to NDA. According to the exit poll, Grand Alliance gets 40 per cent of the vote share while NDA gets 41 per cent.
BJP+ -- 113- 127
JDU+ -- 111- 123
Others -- 4-8
Total -- 243
CNX predicts a comfortable victory for the Grand Alliance.
Another neck-to neck prediction with the Grand Alliance getting a slight edge.
BJP+ -- 101-121
JDU+ -- 112-124
Others -- 6-14
Chanakya's predictions are drastically different from the rest of the exit polls. It gives BJP a thumping majority of 155, which is 46 per cent of the votes, while JDU has to contend with 39 per cent of the vote share.
ABP-Neilsen exit poll
BJP+ -- 120
JDU+ -- 117
Others -- 6
Here's what the poll of polls say:
JDU+ -- 118
Others -- 8