As the poll trends swung in the favour of the Grand Alliance, politicians across parties had a lot to say about the developments. The former Chief Minister of Bihar has been receiving a bevy of congratulatory messages. Also, remarks on the BJP's performance in the assembly elections have flooded social media ever since the trends started becoming clear.
A look at who said what...
I congratulate people of Bihar, I think we will get close to 150 seats. JD(U) on trends showing Mahagatbandhan leading: Sharad Yadav
Heartiest congratulations on a well deserved victory Nitish Kumar sahib. Your victory will prove critical for the nation in the days ahead: Omar Abdullah
Congratulations to Nitish Kumar on “historic victory”. - Arvind Kejriwal
Congratulations @NitishKumar ji, Lalu ji & your full team. And all my Bihar brothers & sisters. Victory of tolerance, defeat of intolerance - Mamata Banerjee
Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav said it was up to the top brass to analyse the results.
BJP leader Prakash Javadekar maintained that the fight remained close and was hopeful that they could still turn it around in the later phases of counting.
When Congress loses then its Sonia ji's responsibility,similarly BJP must accept that #BiharResults is Modi ji's responsibility. This is a big win for Nitish Kumar. He has emerged as a political hero -Sanjay Raut
The result of the Bihar Polls will matter most to one person, Mr Narendra Modi. No PM before him has campaigned so extensively &aggressively. Mr Modi also presumably believes that it is his campaign that won the elections for the BJP in 2014 and subsequently in several states. Mr Modi threw everything in his armoury into the Bihar elections. He threw in money, human resources, ads, invectives and innuendos. Mr Modi has two choices. He can return to being a whole-time PM & devote the whole of his time and energy to advance the development agenda. Alternatively, he can be the Prachar Mantri and devote practically the whole of his time to winning elections for the BJP. - P.Chidambaram
This election was projected as a political war b/w Modi ji and Nitish Kumar. Nitish Kumar has won in this battle: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah
Every election is a learning curve for all political parties, will accept whatever the final result is: MA Naqvi,BJP
We congratulate Nitish Kumar on his win, we will introspect on our defeat: P Murlidhar Rao,BJP
BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha calls the Grand Alliance's win a victory for democracy and the people of Bihar. "I salute them," he says. "It appears that the issue of Bihari vs Bahari (and Bihari Babu's absence) has been settled once and for all."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar, congratulates him on poll victory.
What a comeback for JDU+. In 1 hour their leads hv overtaken dat of ours. It looks a photo finish. What an election: Ram Madhav, National General Secretary, BJP
Congratulations to Laluji & Nitishji for this victory in Bihar elections.We bow before people's mandate: Sushil Kumar Modi
This is a victory of unity over divisiveness. Humility over arrogance. Love over hate. A victory of the people of Bihar: Rahul Gandhi
I congratulate NitishKumar ji, Lalu Prasad ji &Bihar for the grand success.Our support is with you for the devlopment of Bihar: Giriraj Singh
Best wishes to the new government that is to be formed. I hope they lead Bihar on a progressive path: Amit Shah
Wherever there will be a non-Congress face, Mr.Modi and BJP will lose from there: Asaduddin Owaisi
Spoke to Nitish Kumar over the phone and congratulated him on his party's victory in Bihar assembly elections: Rajnath Singh
Nitish ji, Congratulations, well done. Now, for bigger battles. First Delhi, then Kerala and now Bihar, People making their own Achhe Din. Congratulations to Lalu ji, Nitish ji, people of Bihar & India. The bitterness the BJP tried to inject was defeated: Sitaram Yechury
We all congratulate Nitish ji and Lalu ji. We expect them to do development work for Bihar. Asked whether Bhagwat’s comment on a rethink on reservation led to BJP’s loss, he said, “Absolutely not.” : Ravi Shankar Prasad
What an amazing result. Congratulations to Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad, Rahul Gandhi and above all to people of Bihar. Let's not forget to congratulate @OfficeOfRG for being the architect of Mahaghatbandhan. Thanks @INCIndia for showing the way: Shashi Tharoor
Kindly accept my hearty congratulations on your (Nitish Kumar) landslide victory, as expected. People of Bihar have voted for good governance, for your developmental achievements in economic sphere and for your steadfast commitment to social justice: M. Karunanidhi
I want to congratulate people in Bihar. It's a great victory for Hindu mind which is liberal: Kapil Sibal
Congratulations to Shri Nitish Kumar for the victory in the Bihar Assembly Elections : Arun Jaitley
(With inputs from Agencies)