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'Mahagathbandhan' storms Bihar; plans nationwide campaign against intolerance; Nitish strikes hat-trick

PATNA(UNI): In a watershed election which is likely to change the political complexion of the country, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today swept back to power in Bihar, dealing a crushing blow to his bete noire and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the battle for the key Hindi heartland state.

Hitting a hat-trick of Chief Ministerships for 65-year-old Nitish Kumar and marking a historic comeback of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and the much sought after breather for the Congress, the 'Mahagathbandhan' (Grand Alliance) of Janata Dal (United) –Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress scored a landslide victory with 179 seats in the 243-member state Assembly in the five-phased elections.

The Modi 'magic' failed to enthuse voters in the state as the BJP managed merely 58 seats in the high-voltage election while six seats went to Others.

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