Jaitley said the first two phases, where 81 out of the 243 assembly seats went to polls, were historically never BJP's stronghold but the party 'will be ahead of its rivals'.
"The (seats which went to polls in) first two phases were historically never a stronghold of BJP. Out of 81 seats, we had 21 seats. We will be ahead of our rivals in these phases... we will make significant gains," he said.
For the next two phases, Jaitley said, "We will sweep in third and fourth phase polling in north Bihar."
The third phase of polling for 50 assembly seats will happen on October 28, followed by 55 seats going to polls on November 1. He, however, did not hazard a guess on the fifth and final phase saying the equation of the 57 seats going to the polls on November 7 is different from the first four phases.
Asked if the high-voltage Bihar assembly elections are any kind of referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government at the Centre, he replied in negative. "State ka election centre pe janadesh nahi hota hai (state elections are not a referendum on Centre)," he stated.
However, if the BJP-led alliance wins, it will strengthen the Centre and raise its capability to help Bihar, he said. Jaitley said the BJP will form a government in the state along with its allies even if it were to get a clear majority.

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