Patna: Claiming that the `charisma` of Rahul Gandhi and Lalu Prasad failed to work in Bihar campaign, the ruling JD (U) on Friday said the assembly poll results would be `astonishing` as evident from the huge participation of women, extremely backward castes and others in the voting process in past phases.
"The results of the assembly elections in Bihar will be astonishing...and Nitish Kumar is certain to return to power," JD(U) national spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari told reporters here.
In a dig at Gandhi, he said "the way Rahulji had campaigned in Bihar and his campaign speech at a meeting yesterday has made it evident that the charisma of the 44-year-old ``babua`` of Congress has failed to work."
It was a different matter that the Congress reaped rich electoral harvest in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha polls under his stewardship, Tiwari said.
In Uttar Pradesh, the Congress could secure 20-22 seats due to some fault on the part of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav," he said.
Taking a swipe at RJD President Lalu Prasad and his LJP counterpart Ramvilas Paswan, Tiwari claimed the two were heard busy sharing portfolios much before counting on November 24 at a meeting here recently.
"It reflected nothing but the political immaturity of Prasad...It is like Mungeri Lal ke Hasin Sapne (day-dreaming of Prasad", Tiwari sarcastically remarked and claimed that the voting patterns proved that the people had outrightly rejected the RJD-LJP combine and Prasad would never become the Chief Minister again.