Claiming that the charisma of Rahul Gandhi and Lalu Prasad have failed to work in Bihar, ruling JD(U) on Friday expressed the hope that chief minister Nitish Kumar would return to power for the second consecutive term.
"The results of the assembly elections in Bihar will be astonishing...and Nitish Kumar is certain to return to power," JD(U) national spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari told reporters in Patna on the eve of the final phase of elections to the state assembly.
Taking a dig at Gandhi, he said "the way Rahulji had campaigned in Bihar and his campaign speech at a meeting on Thursday has made it evident that the charisma of the 44-year-old "babua" of Congress has failed to work."
It was a different matter that the Congress reaped rich electoral harvest in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha polls under his stewardship, Tiwari said.
"In Uttar Pradesh, the Congress could secure 20-22 seats due to some fault on the part of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav," he said.
Taking a swipe at RJD President Lalu Prasad and his LJP counterpart Ramvilas Paswan, Tiwari claimed the "two were busy sharing portfolios much before counting on November 24 at a meeting here recently."
"It reflected nothing but the political immaturity of Prasad...It is like 'Mungeri Lal ke Hasin Sapne' (day-dreaming of Prasad", Tiwari said.
Voting patterns have proved that the people had outrightly rejected the RJD-LJP combine.
Tiwari said that the results of the assembly elections in Bihar would have wider political ramifications and would decide the future of not the state but the country.
"Nitish Kumar has proved himself as a tall leader who can deliver things and develop a backward and poverty-stricken Bihar...given a chance in Delhi, he will do a miracle for the nation," Tiwari said.
He alleged the Congress was meting out step-motherly treatment to states not ruled by the party and the fight for getting special state status to Bihar, coal linkages for setting up thermal power plants and ethanol-based units would continue under the stewardship of Nitish.
"The Congress has always tried to unnecessarily bother and destabilise the non-Congress governments in India," Tiwari alleged and cited several examples when the party allegedly misused article 356 of the constitution previously.
"Kumar has proved himself a confident administrator and a messiah of poor and all sections of the society" with his plank of ensuring development with justice, he said.