Nitish blames Congress’ decision to go it alone in Assam for defeat

, 10:28 AM IST

New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday attributed BJP’s maiden victory in Assam to Congress’ decision not to go for an alliance in the assembly polls.

Kumar, whose JD(U) wanted Congress to fight Assam polls in tie-up with AIUDF and RJD, on Thursday credited BJP’s victory in the north eastern state to the latter succesfully “stitching up an alliance”.

The JD(U) chief said there is “nothing surprising” in the assembly election results, which were “totally on expected lines”. Poll strategist Prashant Kishor was also in favour of a Congress-led grand alliance against the BJP in Assam.