A smiling Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said the emphatic victory of the Nitish Kumar-led Mahagatbandhan in Bihar was a victory against divisive ideology and a “message” for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “tone down his arrogance”.

Speaking after counting trends clearly indicated a massive win for the Grand Alliance, Gandhi said: “I want to congratulate all the workers and leaders of Mahagatbandhan. This is a message for Modi, he should take a lesson that this is a defeat of hatred, arrogance and anger.”

“Modi should tone down his arrogance, it will be good for him and for the nation as well,” said Gandhi.

“The nation is saying clearly that the BJP and the RSS cannot divide the country. They can’t rule after making the Hindus and Muslims fight.”

“The country has told Modiji that politics of intolerance will not work,” he said.

With the Grand Alliance, comprising the Janata Dal-United, Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress, appeared poised to win around 170 seats in the assembly elections, Gandhi termed it a “victory against an ideology that divides people. The country belongs to everyone”.

He also told the prime minister to “stop travelling all over the world and take a tour of India”.

Counting for the elections to the 243-seat Bihar assembly is being held on Sunday.