The verdict of the Bihar poll is being seen as a referendum on the performance of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre.
Though Mr Modi led the NDA’s campaign from the front, the BJP leadership all along maintained that the outcome of any state Assembly poll could not be construed as a referendum on the Centre’s performance.
With the BJP not declaring any party leader as its Chief Ministerial candidate, Mr Modi was the star campaigner for the NDA as he addressed more than 25 election rallies in the state.
Mr Nitish Kumar projected the Assembly poll as a fight between ‘Bihari’ and ‘Bahari (outsider)’ while Mr Modi and BJP President Amit Shah sought votes on the plank of development and for saving Bihar from the ‘jungle raj’ (lawless) days of former chief minister Lalu Prasad, who is now part of the ‘Mahagathbandhan’.
Pollsters were divided over the outcome of the poll. Most TV channels s had predicted a cliff-hangar while Chankaya had projected a clean sweep for the NDA.
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