PATNA: The election results in Maharashtra and Haryana set the stage for Bihar Assembly election due next year in November. Political parties opposed to the BJP in the state took the results with a pinch of salt, considering the socio-political reality. Though the results came as a shot in arm to the BJP camp and the workers were seen in a celebratory mode in the state office here, as well as other district towns, the observers are of the view that it would be pre-mature to make any comparison with the political situation in Bihar. “The Maharashtra and Haryana results clearly indicate that people want government of the same party at the national, as well as at the state level, for better development. Bihar will also vote on the same lines” said state BJP president Mangal Pandey, analysing the recent poll verdict. The inner contradiction of the grand alliance also came to the fore, as a senior Congress leader said, ”Nitish has failed to follow coalition dharma by campaigning against Congress candidates in Haryana, whereas he is getting support for his government from our party.”
Meanwhile, another senior leader and JD (U) president Vashisth Narayan Singh termed the victory of the BJP a result of secular votes.
Interestingly, former Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi with cyclone ‘Hudhud’ and said one should not compromise principle and ideology in any situation.