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Narendra Modi congratulates Nitish

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday congratulated his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar on the sweeping victory of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance.

india Updated: Nov 24, 2010 18:56 IST

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday congratulated his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar on the sweeping victory of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance.

The Bihar result was "yet another forceful reminder that the politics of development and progress had come to stay in the country", Modi said.

"It should be aptly clear that the people of the country want development and would support a party that could take the people on the path of progress," he told reporters.

Modi, however, skirted questions over Nitish Kumar's opposition to the Gujarat chief minister campaigning in Bihar. He also did not say whether he would attend Nitish Kumar's swearing-in ceremony Friday.

Congratulating both Nitish Kumar and the BJP Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, the Gujarat chief minister said: "Bihar will progress faster in the coming years."