Lalu and Nitish stand side by side, quite literally. Photo: Vikas Kumar
In this election, there are many elements at play - including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But right above him is one element that can swing towards any side - Pappu Yadav of Jan Adhikar Morcha. Photo: Vikas Kumar
Nitish Kumar's campaign has large posters pasted strategically around town - very similar to how Narendra Modi's face had been splashed across India for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Photo: Vikas Kumar
This is an important election for Lalu Yadav, who's going all out to protect his vote bank. Photo: Vikas Kumar
Chai pe charcha? Tea stalls have long been part of India's political fabric. Photo: Vikas Kumar
Rabri Devi is also back in play, especially as Lalu's children themselves have no political clout. Photo: Vikas Kumar
The Congress is running a non-existing campaign. The lack of posters proves that the party's vote bank has diminished. Photo: Vikas Kumar
This is a make or break election for the JD(U) and RJD, old enemies who now stand side-by-side. Photo: Vikas Kumar
Graphic politics: the Bihar elections in 8 hoardings
The political heat is palpable as soon as you enter the city of Patna. The capital of Bihar is in election mode like no other village and small town of the state. The city is jammed with human-sized posters and hoardings of all political parties.
No street and alley has escaped this buzz - at this moment Patna has no identity other than political battleground.
There's no place in Patna at this moment for the ordinary citizen, for everyday life, for prosaic concerns. There is, instead, political rhetoric, shrewd negotiation, sweeping promises. All on a scale that dwarfs everyday life.