An editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana' also said that JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar's remarkable performance was due to several factors, the key being his 'clean' campaign and honest image.
   
"Those who had taken the Delhi Assembly election lightly will have to take the Bihar results seriously because this was a direct fight between Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi. Even after using political might, money and various announcements, the BJP could not even win 60 seats while its allies have been buried 20 feet underground," said Sena, which partners the BJP led governments at the Centre and in Maharashtra.
   
It said that one of the reasons behind the grand alliance's win was that Kumar did not lie and worked after taking the people into confidence.

"He did not make false promises, stopped hooliganism and brought law and order. He did not show off money and power. He went ahead with simplicity and during the course of campaigning, did not use uncivilized language. All this led to his victory," Sena said.
   
Sena said that the message in the results is that humility is not an ornament used for show-off but a self-protection tool. On the campaign trail in Bihar, BJP chief Amit Shah had said, "if by mistake BJP loses the polls, crackers will go off in Pakistan".
   
In a spectacular comeback for JD(U), RJD and Congress (the constituents of the grand alliance) after their severe drubbing in last year's Lok Sabha polls at the hands of Modi, the three parties together secured 178 seats in the 243-member Bihar Assembly. RJD emerged at the top of the pack with 80 seats while JD(U) bagged 71.

Congress also made impressive gains, winning 27 seats. It had won only four last time. The BJP-led NDA, for which Modi had mounted an aggressive campaign, addressing more than 30 rallies in the poll-bound state, bagged only 58 seats. BJP on its own could win 53 out of the 157 seats it contested on.

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