As trends from all 243 seats became available, the NDA constituents were ahead in 125, with BJP candidates leading the table in 72 seats and the JD(U) in only 47.
Manjhi recently met CM Nitish Kumar and declared the party's intention to join the NDA. According to the political buzz in Patna, he is also angling for a Rajya Sabha nomination from the state.
Five months after the Lok Sabha victory, the BJP-led NDA has suffered a loss in its vote share in Haryana and Maharashtra.
Fadnavis is directing BJP activists to use 'Saam, Daam, Dand and Bhed' and win the Palghar by-polls at any cost.