New Delhi: With the Bharatiya Janata Party's crushing defeat in the Delhi Assembly polls in which Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won 62 of the 70 seats rejecting the policies of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, former Janata Dal-U national vice president and poll strategist Prashant Kishor congratulated the Delhi voters thanking them for 'protecting the soul of India'.

Kishore, who was recently shown the door by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for 'speaking out of turn' had helped Kejriwal and his AAP in Delhi against the BJP juggernaut that also sought help from Kumar to solidify Bihari votes in the state capital.

The former JD-U national vice president had been a fierce critic of Modi-Shah sponsored Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Registration of Citizens (NRC) calling them divisive and against the fundamental tenet of the Indian constitution.

Nitish Kumar, who has tough days ahead with signs of BJP's magic waning in Maharashtra, neighboring Jharkhand, and now in Delhi, is hoping to retain his power in Bihar when the state holds Assembly polls later this year.

With nowhere else to go after his reputation of a principled leader taking a massive hit in his repeated act of betrayal, first when he abandoned BJP in 2013 to join hands with the Mahagathbandhan and then again in 2017 when he abruptly chose to walk out of the same alliance to go back to the BJP-led NDA, Kumar is left with no choice but to play second fiddle to the behemoth BJP despite Amit Shah's promise of him being the face of Bihar in the coming elections.

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