A political thriller is in the making in Bihar where the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance is leading, with the RJD-Congress Mahagathbandhan close on its heels.

Counting of votes is underway amid strict Covid-19 measures across 243 assembly constituencies to decide the fate of the Nitish Kumar government which has governed the state for 15 years.

As of 11 am, with leads in 121 seats, the NDA is right on the majority mark and could be on course to retain power. The MGB, on the other hand, seems to have lagged behind and is now leading on 110 seats.

Latest trends showed BJP emerging as the single largest party. The saffron party was ahead on 71 seats compared to RJD's 70. If the trends hold, this would be a massive gain for the BJP which won 53 seats in 2015.

RJD is now ahead on 74 seats compared to BJP, which is leading on 68