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Nitish not contesting in UP assembly election helped BJP, says Sushil Modi

Bihar BJP leader Sushil Modi thanked the state’s CM Nitish Kumar for not contesting the assembly election in Uttar Pradesh. A move, he believes, that helped his party come to power.

assembly elections Updated: Mar 14, 2017 12:41 IST
BJP's workers celebrate at the party’s public relations office in Varanasi on Saturday.
BJP's workers celebrate at the party’s public relations office in Varanasi on Saturday.(Adarsh Gupta/ HT Photo)

Buoyed by BJP’s stunning victory in Uttar Pradesh assembly poll, the party’s senior Bihar leader Sushil Kumar Modi thanked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for not contesting in the state, which, he said, helped his party to come to power.

“Nitish Kumar not fighting UP elections also helped BJP. Thanks to Nitishji,” he said.

The senior party leader took a dig at RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav saying, “If Lalu Prasadji would not have gone to UP and abused Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Samajwadi Party could have gained 2-4 seats.”

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Crediting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the party’s strong showing in the high-stakes UP assembly polls, he said the resounding victory is a result of his policies such as demonetisation.

“Victory of BJP in UP is victory of NaMo and demonetisation,” he tweeted.

Showering praise on BJP national president Amit Shah, Sushil Modi in another tweet said Shah is “the man of the match”.

“UP was able to counter anti-Reservation and outsider tags which we couldn’t do in Bihar,” he said.

Bihar BJP leaders – Bihar unit chief Nityanand Rai, leader of opposition Prem Kumar and senior party leader Nand Kishore Yadav, among others, celebrated the party’s victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand at the state party office on Saturday.

Rai also credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ability to connect with the poor for the unprecedented mandate the party has received.