Thursday, November 25, 2010

Nitish gets absolute majority in Bihar, RJD-LJP routed out


The Nitish Kumar-led JD(U)-BJP alliance on Wednesday bagged 135 seats, 13 more than the simple majority, and was ahead in 70 other places in the 243-member Assembly. The Bihar election has written a new story, Kumar said as he prepared for a second stint as chief minister with voters sweeping his alliance with the BJP back to power.
The Bihar election has written a new story, Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Nitish Kumar said Wednesday as he prepared for a second stint as chief minister with voters sweeping his alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party back to power. Stating that development had won in Bihar, Nitish Kumar said the people wanted to put the state on the path of progress and pointed out that this election had seen women voters come out in a big way. He described his victory as a victory of the people of Bihar.
He also said that after the people’s mandate, his responsibilities increased manifold. Taking a dig at the RJD, he termed the poll results as a defeat e of those who fought the election on the basis of caste.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulated Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and assured him that the Centre will work with the stategovernment for the development of Bihar. However, this did not deter Kumar from criticising the Prime Minister for the latter’s remark that the Nitih Government had failed to used the central funds. The BJP president Nitin Gadkari has termed the victory as a recognition of the JD(U)-BJP’s efforts for Bihar’s development.
Meanwhile, Congress President Sonia Gandhi congratulated Nitish Kumar on the landslide victory of the JD(U)-BJP coalition. She also said that the party would have to postmortem its performance in the crucial election. She said that the Congress will have to rebuild itself from the scratch.
Former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi lost election for both Raghopur and Sonepur Assembly seats. The wife of Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad was defeated by Satish Kumar of the ruling Janata Dal-United in Raghopur by a margin of 11,000 votes. It is a major setback to the RJD, which was routed by the ruling Janata Dal-United - Bharatiya Janata Party alliance in the Assembly Elections. Conceding the defeat, the RJD supremo offered all help to the new government.
LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan too congratulated Nitish but said that his party would closely monitor the performance of the government as a responsible opposition. RJD-LJP alliance suffered major reverses bagging only ten seats and leading in 16 other places against its tally of 64 last time. Congress too suffered a setback winning three seats and leading in three compared to nine seats it had won in 2005. The CPI won one seat and others 2.


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