Reacting to the trends putting Nitish Kumar-led ‘Grand Alliance’ way ahead of the BJP-led NDA, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav described it as a “victory of principles”. Speaking to the press in New Delhi, the veteran socialist leader also asserted that ‘Grand Alliance’ will win close to 150 seats.
“It was a very difficult fight. On the one hand were moneybags and on the other were principles. It is a victory of principles over moneybags. We will win over 150 seats,” he said.
Defying early trends where the BJP and allies held leads on twice the number of seats, JD(U)-RJD-Congress turned tables and surged ahead, even past the majority mark of 122 seats.
Back in Patna, Misa Bharti, daughter of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, too claimed that RJD and JD(U) will win most of the seats as party supporters burst crackers in anticipation of a victory.
On the other hand, BJP cadres and workers who began celebrations reading early on the trends were turned subdued and left to introspect. Party leader and Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav said it was up to the top brass to analyse the results.
However, BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar maintained that the fight remained close and was hopeful that they could still turn it around in the later phases of counting. Mr. Javadekar also claimed the pattern of voting was different this time with members of a same family seemed to have voted for different political parties.
Meanwhile, greetings began pouring in for Nitish Kumar and Grand Alliance. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad on Bihar win, calling it victory of tolerance and defeat of intolerance.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal too congratulated the JD(U) leader for his “historic victory” based on the consistent trends. “Many congratulations Nitishji on this historic victory,” Kejriwal said in a post in Hindi on Twitter.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah also congratulated Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the victory of the grand alliance in the assembly polls, saying the election was turned into a referendum on the Narendra Modi government by BJP itself. “Heartiest congratulations on a well deserved victory @NitishKumar sahib. Your victory will prove critical for the nation in the days ahead,” Mr. Abdullah wrote on his micro-blogging site Twitter.
Interestingly, BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha too called JD(U)-RJD-Congress win a victory of democracy and people of Bihar. “I salute them,” he said.
(With inputs from the PTI)