It is not Nitish Kumar's election, says BJP spokesperson GVL Rao

New Delhi, Nov 8: Even as the BJP introspects the defeat in Bihar, several of its leaders say that this cannot be treated as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is not correct to say that the brand of the Prime Minister has been damaged says GVL Narasimha Rao, the national spokesperson of the BJP.

Speaking with OneIndia, Rao says that this cannot be termed as an election of Nitish Kumar. If you see the numbers he is down to half of what he had won in the 2010 election. It is the coming together of the desperate parties which has worked for the Mahaghatbanda, Rao also adds.

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It is not Nitish Kumar's election: BJP

"It would not be correct to say that the brand of the Prime Minister has been damaged. He is the tallest leader in the BJP and is the party's best bet. I think we need to be dispassionate here on these issues," he said.

"I would say that it is the coming together of the desperate parties that has won the election for the Mahaghatbandan. For Nitish Kumar to ally with Lalu Prasad Yadav it was a question of survival instinct. It was a question of putting together of the alliances for them.

However, to say it is Nitish Kumar's election is not right. If you compare the number of seats he won in 2010 and 2015, his tally or the JD(U)'s tally has come down to half," he added.

We will see and introspect the results over the coming days. I would not want to say more than that. Also if I may add it is not fair to compare this result to Delhi.

In Delhi Arvind Kejriwal got the positive vote and I have no qualms in admitting that. In Bihar that is not the case as Nitish Kumar did not win half the seats he had won in 2010, Rao also adds.

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