Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, a close aide of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, said contrary to BJP's claim of having made a 'sacrifice' by installing Kumar as Chief Minister in 2005, the saffron party had made him the Chief Minister then in recognition of 'his popularity and credibility on which it rode' on to bag 91 seats in 2010 assembly polls.

"It is high time that BJP acknowledges the fact that it's support base and MLAs in Bihar had grown due to association
with Nitish Kumar as not even the Prime Minister's so called charismatic personality could prevent its disastrous performance this time," Chaudhary said.

All top BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, made it a poll issue this time that the saffron party had 'made a sacrifice' by making Nitish Kumar the Bihar Chief Minister in 2005, but never admitted it even once that it had done so because of the senior JD(U) leader's popularity and credibility with the masses, Chaudhary said in a statement.

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