Nitish Kumar will remain the Chief Miinister, the Bharatiya Janata Party said, a day after it put up a winning performance in the state Assembly polls leading the ruling National Democratic Alliance to obtain a majority even though Mr Kumar led Janata Dal-United posted a fall in total votes gained in a tightly fought race.
“Nitishji will remain Chief Minister as it was our commitment. There is no confusion on this,” the BJP’s Sushil Kumar Modi and Deputy Chief Minister said on Wednesday.
After more than 14 hours of counting, many twists and turns and allegations of cheating, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was announced as the winner of the Bihar Assembly election in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
BJP workers celebrated ruling NDA’s victory in Bihar elections and party’s good performance in assembly bye-elections in different states at party headquarters in Delhi. Apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior party leaders including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and party chief JP Nadda attended the event.
On his arrival, the Prime Minister was welcomed by BJP leaders. He termed the success in elections as the victory of “the mantra of Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas”.
“If you ask me today about the election results of Bihar, then my answer is clear like the people’s mandate: the mantra of ”Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas” has won. The development has won in Bihar. Truth and faith have won in Bihar,” he said.
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Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Wednesday “saluted” people for giving majority to the NDA in Bihar and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his support, news agency PTI reported.
“I salute people for the majority they have given to the NDA. I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his support,” Mr Kumar tweeted in his first reaction after the ruling coalition won majority in Bihar.
“Bihar is the most special state. I will tell my brothers and sisters in Bihar, you have once again proved why Bihar is called the land of democracy. You have proved once again that Biharis are aware,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, adding the people of the state, along with the BJP workers, under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, left no stone unturned to achieve victory.