Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar registered an emphatic victory in the assembly elections on Sunday as his grand alliance inflicted a heavy loss on a BJP-led coalition, belying all predictions of a closely-contested poll battle in the politically crucial state.
The BJP combine’s defeat in Bihar is significant nationally, said Kumar as supporters of the Congress-RJD-JD(U) coalition danced to drumbeats, chanted slogans and celebrated an early Diwali after the outcome became clear.
Here’s a look at who said what on counting day in the Bihar Elections:
Nitish Kumar, Bihar chief minister and JD(U) leader: “Whatever may have happened during the election, now that the Grand Alliance has won, we hope to get the support of the central government. (IANS)
Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD chief: “We will continue with our fight. There will be such a long-term impact of Bihar results on the national politics that you cannot imagine. The Modi government, the RSS government will be demolished. I will also go to Varanasi (Modi’s constituency) with lantern.” (PTI)
Rahul Gandhi, Congress vice-president: “Since Modiji has become Prime Minister, there have been only promises. Start the work. One year has passed and your car is not starting.Press the accelerator. If you fail to press the accelerator, like Bihar, the people of the country will open the door and throw you out (of the driver’s seat).” (PTI)
Raj Thackeray, MNS chief: “It’s a victory for the politics of regional pride, development and social justice. I feel that development of Bihar should happen so rapidly that Biharis will stop migrating to Maharashtra and other states.” (PTI)
Rajnath Singh, Home Minister: “I would like to assure the people of Bihar that the package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the poll rallies would be fully allotted.”
Tarun Gogoi, Assam chief minister: “The grand victory of Nitishji, Laluji and Soniaji is a verdict of the people of Bihar against communal, divisive and anti-poor forces.”( Twitter)
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister: “Congratulate CM @NitishKumar ji and other leaders of Grand Alliance. Let us hope aspirations of the people of Bihar will be fulfilled.” (Twitter)
Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena leader: “Nitish Kumar has emerged as a mahanayak (superhero). His victory was the need in Bihar. He has done good work in Bihar. I greet him on behalf of Shiv Sena. The results in Bihar will bring a new turn to politics of the country.” (PTI)
Rahul Gandhi, Congress vice-president: “Congratulations to the people of Bihar, to Nitishji, to Laluji, to the Congress leaders & karyakartas & the Mahagathbandhan on this victory.” “This is a victory of unity over divisiveness. Humility over arrogance. Love over hate. A victory of the people of Bihar,” he said in a series of tweets.
“I want Mr.Modi to tone down his arrogance, it will be good for him and for the nation as well,” Gandhi later told TV channels.
Lalu Prasad Yadav (RJD chief): “I bow before the poor, underprivileged, neglected and entire people of Bihar for our historic win.”
Narendra Modi: Had a telephone conversation with Shri @nitishkumar & congratulated him on the victory.
Amit Shah, BJP party chief: Our good wishes to the new government to take Bihar on the path of development. We respect the mandate of the people of Bihar... I congratulate Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav on their victory in Bihar Assembly elections,” the BJP chief tweeted.
Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal chief minister: “Congratulations @NitishKumar ji, Lalu ji & your full team. And all my Bihar brothers & sisters. Victory of tolerance, defeat of intolerance,” Mamata wrote on Twitter
P Chidambaram, senior Congress leader: Nitish Kumar’s return is a lesson for Mr. Modi. But there is still time for him to correct his course.
Prakash Javadekar, union minister and BJP leader: “BJP lost only because of alliance arithmetic,” union minister Prakash Javadekar told the media.
Shatrughan Sinha, BJP leader: “Congratulations to Laluji & Nitishji for this victory in Bihar elections. We bow before people’s mandate. It is the victory of democracy and the people of Bihar. I salute them.
It appears that the issue of Bihari vs Bahari (and Bihari Babu’s absence) has been settled once and for all,” he said in tweets.
Siddaramaiah, Karnataka chief minister: “It is a clear indication that era of BJP is ending, as in Delhi they lost, in Bihar they lost. The people don’t want any communal agenda in this country because they want unity in diversity,” the Karnataka chief minister told ANI.
Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM chief: “It’s a personal defeat of Modi as never before a prime minister campaigned so much in an election.”
Digvijaya Singh, Congress general secretary: “Heartiest congratulations to Nitish ji, Lalu ji, Sonia ji and Rahul ji. Bihar stopped Advani’s rath in 1991-92 and now Modi’s. Congratulations to the people of Bihar,” Singh wrote in Hindi on Twitter.
Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena leader: BJP fought the Bihar elections under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP should accept it. Defeat denotes the decline of a leader. If elections are held in Maharashtra now, same reults will come as happened in Bihar.
Derek O Brien, TMC leader: BJP loses, India wins, BJP loses, India is saved, the TMC leader told ANI news.
Misa Bharti (Lalu’s daughter): “Modi got a result of his insult to Bihar. People of Bihar were hurt by Modi’s insult to them,” Bharti said.
Chirag Paswan, Lok Janshakti Party MP: “I had said it earlier also that Nitish Ji has done development in Bihar. Maybe that is why people supported him.”
Sushil Modi, BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister, Bihar: Congratulations to Laluji & Nitishji for this victory in Bihar elections. We bow before people’s mandate.
Shashi Tharoor, senior Congress leader: “Let’s not forget to congratulate @OfficeOfRG for being the architect of Mahaghatbandhan. Thanks @INCIndia for showing the way,” Tharoor tweeted from his personal handle.
Ram Madhav, BJP national general secretary, BJP : “What a comeback for JD(U)+. In one hour their leads hv (have) overtaken dat (that) of ours. It looks a photo finish. What an election,” Madhav tweeted.
Rajnath Singh, Home Minister: Spoke to Shri @NitishKumar over the phone and congratulated him on his party’s victory in Bihar assembly elections
Sharad Yadav , JDU leader: “I congratulate people of Bihar, I think we will get close to 150 seats. It was a very tough fight, it was a straight fight.”
Sanjay Nirupam, President, Mumbai Congress committee: “While Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is the architect of the victory in Bihar, Rahul Gandhi is the architect of the alliance. (PTI)
Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi chief minister: Arvind Kejriwal congratulated Nitish Kumar on a “historic victory”. Speaking to TV channels later, Kejriwal said that Bihar has proved that people do not want “politics of hate”.
Akhilesh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh chief minister: “Congratulations to Nitish ji and Lalu ji on their historical victory.”
Omar Abdullah (National Conference): Heartiest congratulations on a well deserved victory @NitishKumar sahib. Your victory will prove critical for the nation in the days ahead,” Omar wrote on social networking site twitter.com.
Naveen Patnaik, Orissa chief minister and leader of Biju Janta Dal: “Heartiest Congratulations to Nitishji for a spectacular hat-trick win. I am sure Bihar will march ahead under your leadership,” the Orissa chief minister wrote on Twitter.