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What led to the revival of the Congress in Bihar


The much discussed and debated election at Bihar is over and the Grand Alliance or the Mahaghatbandan has emerged victorious. While many analysts say that the writing was on the wall, none imagined that the Grand Alliance would win by such a huge margin.

However, what is more surprising is the revival of the Congress in the state of Bihar where it won 27 seats which without a doubt is a major come back for the party. [Updates: Bihar Assembly Elections 2015 Results] Since the rise of OBC politics in the state of Bihar, the Congress has been on a constant decline since the 1990s. The sagging support to the party since the 1990s had even put a major question mark on the very existence of the party in the state of Bihar. However, on Sunday all that changed and with 27 seats, the party appears to have revived itself.

However, the question is what went right for the Congress? It made the right move in entering into the alliance along with the JD(U) and the RJD and this paid off for them. The transfer of votes from its alliance partners in the seats that the Congress contested also went right for the party. More importantly, the Congress sought votes in the name of Nitish Kumar and not Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi and this was a well planned strategy as Bihar finally voted for a leader who would be in the action on the ground.

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