Nitish confident on the eve of vote counting

 
The term of the 14th Vidhan Sabha expires on November 27. Counting of votes for the new Assembly will begin on Wednesday morning at 8 am, and all results are expected by afternoon. It is believed that the Election Commission will send a notification about the election of 243 new MLAs by evening.

Meanwhile, Nitish exuded confidence of coming back to power but did not show much enthusiasm about the exit poll predictions about his landslide victory.

“I have worked tirelessly for the people. Let us wait till tomorrow for the result. The credibility of exit poll predictions may be a matter of debate, but one should not deride journalists, or media as a whole, if things are not written in a favourable manner,” quipped Nitish.

He was apparently referring to RJD supremo Lalu Prasad who lashed out at scribes on Monday for showing him in poor light. “Sab exit poll bakwas hai (All these exit poll results are rubbish). I am going to form the next government,” Lalu had said a day before.
Meanwhile, functioning of government offices virtually came to a standstill on Tuesday as a majority of the employees, including IAS officers, in the Secretariat remained busy hazarding a guess who would form the next government tomorrow.

While one section of the bureaucracy discussed threadbare the possibility of a hung House, some bureaucrats were seen studying in details the manifestoes of different political parties. Other lower-rung officers were found to be discussing the possibility of who would head their respective ministry or department.

The Cabinet Secretariat was, however, busy making preparations for the oath-taking ceremony in coordination with Raj Bhavan.

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