Patna: After more than 14 hours of counting, many twists and turns and allegations of cheating, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was announced as the winner of the Bihar Assembly election in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The NDA won an absolute majority in Bihar winning 125 seats, three more than the halfway mark needed for a victory.

According to data on the Election Commission's website, the BJP won 72 seats to emerge as the senior member in its alliance with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's JDU, which managed just 42.

The opposition, led by the RJD's Tejashwi Yadav, put up a strong fight but eventually fell short. However, with 75 seats the RJD is the single-largest party.

Meanwhile, An RJD and Congress delegation met EC officials in Patna alleging foul play by the administration in awarding winning certificates to their candidates while another MGB constituent, CPI-ML, sought a recount in three constituencies.

Chirag Paswan's LJP, which was the source of much frustration for Nitish Kumar, won just one seat.

Union ministers including Ravi Shankar Prasad and Ashwini Kumar Choubey credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the electoral victory that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) pulled off in a closely fought Bihar elections. "Today is a historic day that NDA has won again the extraordinary trust of the people of Bihar. They trusted PM Modi's leadership whose commitment resonated with them that without the development of Bihar, development of India will remain incomplete," Prasad told ANI.

The performance of Janata Dal-United has downed compared its performance in the 2015 elections and the ruling party could not win even half of the number of seats it contested in this election.

But the seats it won were enough to give a cushion to the strong performance by BJP to take the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) past the majority mark in the 243-member House.