Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday congratulated his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar as the grand alliance surged ahead of NDA in the Assembly polls and hoped that the state would prosper under the JD(U) leader.

"Heartiest congratulations Nitishji for a spectacular hat- trick win. I’m sure Bihar will march ahead under your leadership," Patnaik said on Twitter.

Responding to the BJD president’s message, Kumar wrote on the micro- blogging website, "Thank you Naveen Ji."