[Read more: Complete list of winning candidates from NDA, Grand Alliance]

It's a hat-trick for Nitish Kumar as the JDU-RJD-Congress coalition of Grand Alliance has recorded a landslide victory in the Bihar assembly elections.

The Grand Alliance was poised to sweep a whopping 178 of the 243 seats, leaving the BJP -- which wanted to oust Nitish Kumar -- and its allies with just 58 seats.

That is, the Grand Alliance has notched up a two-thirds majority in the Bihar Assembly, a result that is the exact opposite of BJP president Amit Shah's claim made before the elections that his party would get a two-thirds majority.

Among the Mahagathbandhan allies, Janata Dal-United won 71 seats, Rashtriya Janata Dal 80 seats and Congress 27.

On the other hand the Bharatiya Janata Party could only win 53 seats, while its allies were reduced to one or two seats each. The Lok Jan Shakti Party of Ram Vilas Paswan and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party won two seats each, while Hindustani Awam Morcha secured one seat.

Interestingly, the Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist-Liberation won 3 seats, while Independents won 4 seats.

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Party-wise trends

Coalition Grand Alliance NDA Others
Seats 71 80 27 53 2 1 2 3

Alliance-wise trends

Coalition Seats
Total 243
Grand Alliance 178
NDA 58
CPI ML (L) 3
Independent 4

[Read more: Check out Bihar exit poll surveys HERE]

BJP ally Shiv Sena also targeted PM Modi, saying that he must take responsibility for the defeat in the Bihar polls.

Besides the Janata Dal United (JDU), the Grand Alliance also has the Congress and Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

On the other hand, the NDA consists of Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party, Jitan Ram Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) and Upendra Kushwaha's Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP), apart from the BJP.

The overall voter turnout for the state assembly polls was recorded at 56.47% from 243 constituencies.

The RJD and the JD-U fielded 101 candidates each and the Congress 41. The BJP contested 160 seats and its allies the LJP 40, the RLSP 23 and the HAM 20 seats.

The first phase of the polls recorded 57% voter turnout from 1.35 crore voters in 49 constituencies, while the second phase had 55% polling from 86.1 lakh voters in 32 seats. The third phase had a poll percentage of 53% from 1.45 crore voters in 50 seats, the fourth phase recorded 57% turnout from 1.47 crore voters in 55 seats and the fifth phase witnessed 60% voting from 1.55 crore voters cross 57 seats.

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Below are live updates on Bihar election results:

5:33pm: Lalu Prasad's sons Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav win from Raghopur and Mahua constituencies respectively.

4:32pm: "Our real fight is in Delhi and against intolerance. We will also go to Varanasi soon," says Lalu Prasad.

4:24pm: People have given us a decisive mandate, will introspect in areas where we lost seats with a small margin, says Nitish Kumar.

4:18pm: "I congratulate the people of Bihar, this is their victory, this is victory of Bihar's 'Swabhimaan'," says CM Nitish Kumar. "This is a huge victory which suggests people of Bihar have aspirations, we will match up with their expectations."

4:02pm: "I want to congratulate people in Bihar.Its a great victory for Hindu mind which is liberal," says Kapil Sibal.

3:45pm: Keeping BJP Govt in Delhi equal to dividing nation into pieces,will initiate public movement against them as I committed earlier, say RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.

3:35pm: The BJP's Bihar defeat marks the beginning of the downfall of the Narendra Modi government, says Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy.

3:32pm: "Nitish ji will continue as the CM, we both will together take Bihar on path of development," Lalu Prasad says, while addressing media.

3:28pm: Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad greet each other after Bihar victory.

2:52pm: "We respect the mandate given by the people of Bihar," says Home Minister, "Package for Bihar is a commitment given by the PM which will be fulfilled by the Centre at all cost."

2:42pm: JDU candidate Janardan Manjhi winning from Amarpur constituency in Banka district.

2:31pm: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor says Rahul Gandhi is the architect of the Grand Alliance.

2:25pm: Lalu Prasad Yadav's son Tej Pratap Yadav wins from Mahua constituency.

2:14pm: "Rejection of Narendra Modi and his arrogance, great victory for people of Bihar," Anand Sharma, Congress

1:50pm: "I want Modi ji to tone down his arrogance, it will be good for him and for the nation as well," says Rahul Gandhi, while addressing media.

1:41pm: "We accept and respect the mandate of the people," says Ravi Shankar Prasad.

1:39pm: Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy congratulates Nitish Kumar Yadav.

1:28pm: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik congratulated Nitish Kumar Yadav.

1:23pm: BJP cancels order placed for sweets and firecrackers.

1:12pm: "In Bihar, BJP has come third, in West Bengal they will come fourth," says Trinamool Congress' Derek O Brien.

1:08pm: Today's Chanakya apologises for getting Bihar result wrong

1:01pm: Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav congratulates Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on poll victory.

12:54pm: The Communist Party of India (ML) (Liberation) ahead in two seats, Bahujan Samaj Party in one and independents in seven.

12:42pm: "We had never thought that Mahagatbandhan will perform so well, I congratulate Nitish ji and Lalu ji," says LJP's Chirag Paswan.

12:32pm: "No PM had ever campaigned so intensely and aggressively,its a rebuke to the PM's style of speaking and issues," says P Chidambaram.

12:23pm: Poll verdict is the victory of humility over arrogance, says Rahul Gandhi.

12:18pm: Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal leading in more seats than Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal United.

12:11pm: Nitish thanks Sonia Gandhi for congratulating him.

12:07pm: Nitish thanks PM Modi for congratulating him on Bihar victory

12:03pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates CM Nitish Kumar on Bihar victory.

11:46am: Union Ministers JP Nadda and Dharmendra Pradhan meet party president Amit Shah at his residence.

11:25am: "Congratulations Nitishji, Laluji & your full team. And all my Bihar brothers & sisters. Victory of tolerance, defeat of intolerance," tweets West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

11:20am: "Every election is a learning curve for all political parties, will accept whatever the final result is," says BJP Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

11:13am: "This is a big win for Nitish Kumar, he has emerged as a political hero," says Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut.

11:08am: JDU supporters celebrate outside CM Nitish Kumar's residence in Patna.

10:49am: BJP's Nand Kishore Yadav is trailing in Patna Sahib constituency.

10:44am: "Always remember victory belongs to the leader, defeat to the party. Simple rule of thumb & all parties, bar none, fall back on this :-)" tweets Omar Abdullah.

10:41am: "We will respect whatever is the mandate of the people,it is a close finish," BJP leader Ram Madhav.

10:28am: Candidates fielded by Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM trailing.

10:17am: Celebration in Patna after trends show Mahagathbandhan leading.

10:14am: "Must wait for final results, we believe things will be in our favour at the end," says BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi.

10:06am: "I congratulate people of Bihar, I think we will get close to 150 seats," says Sharad Yadav.

9:53am: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's sons Tej Pratap and Tejaswi trailing.

9:42am: Ex Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi leading.

9:32am: Grand Alliance leading after one hour of vote counting; NDA trails.

9:25am: Jitan Ram Manjhi trailing in Makhdampur.

9:17am: NDA leading in 78 seats, followed by Grand Alliance with 60.

9:10am: Celebration outside BJP Office in Patna as initial trends show NDA leading.

9:07am: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's son Tej Pratap Yadav leading in Mahua.

9:03am: Jitan Ram Manjhi leading in Imamganj.

8:51am: BJP and allies leading in 55 seats.

8:45am: Bihar minister Shyam Rajak leading from Phulwari Sharif constituency.

8:39am: NDA leading as per initial poll results.

8:32am: RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's son Tejashwi Yadav leading from Raghopur seat.

8:01am: Vote counting begins.

7:46am: "I have no wish as such, but if a situation arises where I am asked to be the CM, then I will accept it and not back off," says Jitan Ram Manjhi.

7:34am: Vote counting will begin at 8am.

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