Patna, Nov 8 (IANS) Janata Dal-United’s Nitish Kumar’s “glittering face” and his ally RJD’s Lalu Prasad’s “strong base” helped Grand Alliance surge ahead in the votes that were counted in Bihar polls on Sunday, a JD-U leader said.
“Nitish’s glittering face and Lalu’s strong base have got us these numbers. All the polarising (bids) of BJP — Dadri, Pakistan, cow, beef — have hit them hard,” JD-U leader Nawal Sharma told IANS.
“It’s a people’s win. We will see to it that they are served well,” he said.
The Grand Alliance was decisively ahead of BJP-led NDA, according to the trends in 125 constituencies put out by the Election Commission at 10.30 a.m.
It said that the Grand Alliance was ahead with leads in 77 constituencies, out of 243 seats in the Bihar assembly, while the BJP-led alliance was leading in 43 seats.
Sharma said that people have understood that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is incapable to lead people and hence they did not vote for them.
Members of the JD-U broke into celebrations, while the BJP office here wore a deserted look.
Kejriwal congratulates Nitish on Bihar win
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday congratulated his Bihar counterpart and JD-U leader Nitish Kumar on his “historic victory” in assembly elections.
“Many, many congratulations for this historic victory,” tweeted Kejriwal, who came out in support of Nitish Kumar ahead of and during the staggered elections that ended on November 5.
Shiv Sena calls Nitish ‘political hero’
The Shiv Sena on Sunday said Bihar Chief Minister and JD-U leader Nitish Kumar had emerged as “a political hero” after he led his alliance to a victory in assembly elections.
“This is a big win for Nitish Kumar. He has emerged as a political hero,” Sena’s Sanjay Raut told the media. The Sena is the junior partner in the BJP-led government in Maharashtra.
Modi paid for insulting Bihar: Lalu’s daughter
The Bihar assembly polls result is a reflection of insult to Bihar by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti said on Sunday.
Bharti, who was one of the star campaigners, said she was happy for the victory of the Grand Alliance of the Janata Dal-United. Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress.
“Modi got a result of his insult to Bihar. People of Bihar were hurt by Modi’s insult to them,” Bharti said.
She said: “The grand alliance’s victory will be celebrated by the people across Bihar as a Diwali.”
She said people have rejected Modi’s intolerance and voted for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s development and Lalu Prasad’s social justice.
The polls to the 243-member Bihar assembly took place in five phases between October 12 and November 5. Counting of millions of votes cast in the polls is underway on Sunday.
Victory of humility over arrogance, says Rahul Gandhi
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said the Bihar verdict was the victory of humility over arrogance and of unity over divisiveness.
“This is a victory of unity over divisiveness. Humility over arrogance. Love over hate. A victory of the people of Bihar,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
“Congratulations to the people of Bihar, to Nitishji, to Laluji, to the Congress leaders and karyakartas and the Mahagathbandhan on this victory,” he added.
Achuthanandan hails Lalu, Nitish on poll victory
Veteran Marxist leader and former Kerala chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan on Sunday congratulated the leaders of the Grand Alliance in Bihar – Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar – for their victory in the state assembly polls.
In an e-mail sent to them, Achuthanandan congratulated them for stopping the communal, fascist parties at the poll.
“The poll results show that the people of country are not with Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is going ahead with a communal fascist agenda. The results show that there should be a unity of the democratic secular parties in the country,” said Achuthanandan.