Rubbing salt into BJP’s wounds, NDA ally Shiv Sena hailed Nitish Kumar as a “mahanayak” (superhero) after the grand alliance victory in the Bihar elections, adding that the defeat “denotes decline of a leader” in an apparent reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Asserting that it will bring in a “new” turn in the country’s politics, Sena leader Sanjay Raut also said if elections were to be held in Maharashtra now, similar results would emerge.
“The BJP fought the Bihar elections under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This defeat denotes the decline of a leader. The BJP should accept it. If elections are held in Maharashtra now, Bihar will repeat,” Mr. Raut said.
“Nitish Kumar’s victory was the need of Bihar. He has done good work there. The results in Bihar will bring a new turn to the country’s politics,” he said.
Good job, says Uddhav Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackery called up Mr. Kumar and congratulated him on his resounding success.
“Uddhavji telephoned Nitish Kumar and said it was a victory of his leadership qualities,” said a Sena leader quoting Uddhav.
“You worked a lot and did a good job convincing the voters and this is why people of Bihar reposed their faith in you,” the Sena chief reportedly told Mr. Kumar.