New Delhi, Nov 9: Prime Minister Narendra Modi led National Democratic Alliance has witnessed a second setback in assembly elections since it came to power in 2014. Voters in Bihar, considered as a crucial state in India, have rejected BJP and embraced the 'Grand Alliance' led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
The setback in the Bihar has drawn a global media reactions. PM Modi's defeat in the election has got wide coverage not only in Pakistan but in other foreign media too.
It shows that his vote-winning abilities were on the wane. BJP's failure to win the election in Bihar is seen as indication that Modi's appeal to voters has begun to wane, the Guardian said in its report. "
"India's ruling party has conceded defeat in a provincial election seen as a test of the vote-winning abilities and political strategy of the prime minister, Narendra Modi," it said as Modi prepared to make a high-profile maiden visit to the UK this week. BJP's loss in Bihar "is the most significant domestic setback for Modi since he won a crushing victory in a general election in the emerging economic power last year, after a campaign promising rapid development, modernisation and opportunity combined with a defence of conservative cultural and social values," the paper said.
BBC in its report titled "Bihar election results challenge Modi's BJP" writes, India's most-talked about election this year has now delivered what many say is a historic verdict.
An uneasy coalition of two regional leaders - socialist friends-turned-adversaries-turned-allies - has handed a resounding defeat to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
While Pakistan's leading daily Dawn in its report said, "Bihar voters put Modi out to pasture".
"A resounding verdict in Bihar against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cow politics at the expense of India's traditional tolerance of food habits, put his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) out to pasture on Sunday while setting the agenda for an opposition regrouping against his narrow nationalism."
Nation.com.pk writes, Modi suffers blow in key state election.
"Narendra Modi conceded defeat Sunday in a key regional election in one of India's most populous states, a result that comes as a major blow to the prime minister's vote-winning appeal."
Modi loses Bihar, major blow as BJP fails to secure even thirty-percent of seats, said Geo TV in its report.
"Narendra Modi conceded defeat Sunday in a key election in Bihar, one of India´s poorest and largest states, in a major blow for the prime minister who fronted a no-holds barred campaign."
The New York Times said Modi, who had eagerly cast the Bihar elections as a referendum on his first 17 months as India's leader, conceded defeat shortly after the results were out. "
OneIndia News (With inputs from agency)