The crackers that were first seen outside the BJP office in Patna as early leads showed the NDA in lead, are now firmly in the hands of RJD of JD(U) workers. Nitish Kumar, who is set for a third consecutive term tweeted, “I thank the people of Bihar for their overwhelming support & blessings for the Mahagathbandhan.”
The JD(U) Sharad Yadav blamed the negative campaigning of the BJP for their loss. “Every salvo launched by the BJP has backfired on them. Saying Pakistan will celebrate if we lose, attacking Nitish Kumar’s DNA, calling Lalu Yadav a shaitan, it’s all coming back to them,” he said.
Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal, who inflicted the first defeat on the Shah-Modi duo, called it a historic victory. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee congratulated the people of Bihar for “victory of tolerance, defeat of intolerance”.
However, the sharpest words came not from political opponents but from an ally. Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut called the election a “game changer” and said, “This result will be turning point in country’s political future.”