Demoralizing defeat for BJP in Bihar elections

BACKnitkIn the most significant vote since he won power 18 months ago Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party crashed to defeat after running a controversial campaign that hoped to polarize voters along caste and religious lines.

It was the most expensive state election ever fought by the BJP with more than 90 top party figures addressing 600 rallies over the last six weeks.

Ram Madhav, a BJP general secretary said there are lessons to be learned and they will have to analyze every aspect of the result of the election.

Modi tweeted that he had called to congratulate Nitish Kumar, whose regional ‘grand alliance’ could now become a template for politicians seeking to prevent Modi’s march towards untrammeled power under India’s federal system.