Attributing NDA’s victory in Bihar elections to Narendra Modi, Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan on Wednesday said the prime minister will lead the state on the path of development.

“I thank Narendra Modi ji. It is because of him that the NDA government is being formed in Bihar. I am sure he will lead Bihar on the path of development,” said Paswan whose party won only one seat out of 143 seats it contested in Bihar.

Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), which is an NDA component at the Centre, had fought the polls separately. Yet, the LJP mainly fielded candidates against the JD(U), not the BJP.

Paswan has said, “There will never be my support for Nitish Kumar and Sushil Kumar Modi. If he continues to become the chief minister of my state, there will not be my support at the state level. We will continue supporting PM Modi at the Centre.”

Happy that Bihar gave love to LJP, around 25 Lakh voters trusted 'Bihar First, Bihari First' and we secured about 6 percent votes while contesting alone. We were called 'pichhlaggu party' that can do something only with other's support. We showed courage, Paswan added.

Expressing satisfaction on LJP’s performance in Bihar, Paswan said the circumstances in which his party contested the elections were very difficult. “The day my father died, I got the list of BJP’s candidates. Deciding on which seats we will field our candidates was difficult for me at that time. Because of the rituals after my father’s death I could not step out of my house for campaigning for 10 days. But still, my party performed well,” Paswan told reporters.

“We were close to victory in a few seats. But I can say our party performed well. The Bihar mandate has given us an indication that we are close to our 2025 target,” he added.

The son of former Union Minister and LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan, who died days ahead of the Bihar polls, continuously targeted Kumar earlier for his failure in delivering the promises.

Of the 43 seats where the JDU and the LJP fielded candidates, the JDU's tally from 2015 has gone down by 28 seats. However, JDU's tally has gone up by 6 seats in 77 seats where the LJP is not contesting.

LJP candidates, who contested where the Janata Dal (United), or JDU, had fielded its candidates, managed to get over 5.7% votes, the Election Commission website revealed.

The only seat won by the LJP eventually was Matihani, where Raj Kumar Singh defeated sitting JD(U) MLA Narendra Kumar Singh alias Bogo Singh by a razor-thin margin of 333 votes.