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BJP Wins Assam Because Cong. Decided To Go Solo: Nitish Kumar

Maintaining that the election results in five states "weren't surprising", Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won Assam because of the Congress' decision to go it alone in the assembly polls.

Nitish said there is "nothing surprising" in the assembly election results, and they are "totally on expected lines". "In Assam, the Congress didn't go for an alliance before polls, whereas the BJP successfully stitched up an alliance. So, the result was clear well before the elections. It was clearly visible from all sides," he said.

"The results are not surprising. What has come out today was visible during the election campaigning. I had been to Kerala a few times. It looked then also that the Left Democratic Front has an edge," Nitish said. Commenting on the victory of the Trinamool Congress, Nitish said "Bengal is nearby (close to Bihar). People keep coming from there to Bihar and we have been listening to what is happening there. I congratulate Mamata ji for this victory."

The BJP won a comfortable victory with more than 70 seats in the 126-member Assam Assembly. Party's chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal said the priority of the new government will be to protect the interests of "greater Assamese society." Party president Amit Shah seemed happy with the victory in the north eastern state.

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