"Unlike the AAP's victory in Delhi, which was more a reflection of the electorate's disillusionment with politicians in general, this defeat represents a much more direct and negative evaluation of the BJP's performance over the last year,” said Puneet Manchanda, professor of marketing at the University of Michigan.
“It seems that there is significant concern with both the economic and social policies of the government," he added.
Of the view that losing a big heartland state like Bihar is definitely a setback for the BJP, Manchanda said this could take the air out of the economic reforms just at the point where they should be gathering momentum.
"For the opposition, this victory suggests that a coalition of parties is best way to compete against the ruling party, as no single party currently has the heft to do so," Manchanda said.
The Grand Secular Alliance with 41.9 percent votes got 178 seats in a House of 243 in Bihar while the BJP-led NDA with 34.1 percent votes could get only 58 seats.
BJP's defeat by Nitish Kumar-led coalition was widely reported by the mainstream US media, most of whom carried reports filed by news agencies.

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