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Bihar bypolls: RJD wins Araria LS seat, shares honours with BJP in assembly results

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

The RJD today won the seat in as well the Jehanabad assembly constituency while the BJP bagged the Bhabhua assembly segment in bypolls that were considered the first electoral test after dumped the and joined hands with the BJP last year.

The outcome is bad for Kumar whose party candidate was beaten in Jehanabad by more than 35,000 votes by RJD's Suday Yadav.

While the BJP fielded candidates in and Bhabhua, the JD(U) was in fray in Jehanabad, which is nearly 60 km from capital

In Araria, RJD's defeated his nearest BJP rival by over 60,000 votes.

Alam had crossed over from JD(U) to to contest the bypoll necessitated by the death of his father and on September 17, 2017.

In Jehanabad, RJD's winner Suday Yadav is son of Mundrika Singh Yadav, former and a close associate of Lalu Prasad, whose death necessitated the byelection.

BJP's Rinki Rani Pandey, wife of whose death caused the bypoll, defeated rival by about 14,000 votes in Bhabhua.

Though the results will have no numerical consequence either in Parliament or on the health of the JD(U)-BJP coalition ministry in Bihar, the bypolls were seen as a litmus test for Kumar.

The results are a boost to Tejaswi Yadav, younger son of Lalu Prasad, who spearheaded the party campaign in the absence of his father who is in in connection with fodder scam cases.

The bypolls were held on March 11.

Notably, the JD(U) - headed by - had initially announced that it would not take part in the by-elections. However, following infighting within the NDA which saw moving to the opposition camp and an appeal by the BJP, the JD(U) agreed to enter the fray from the seat it had won in 2010 assembly polls with ally BJP.

Reacting angrily to the result in Bhabhua, MLA Munna Tiwari charged with "choosing a candidate of his personal choice, sacrificing the interests of the party".

and MLA Bhola Yadav claimed "the results prove that the people of have made up their mind to say good-bye to the NDA".

Deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, however, rubbished the suggestion and underscored that candidates in all the three seats won because of sympathy wave in favour of the deceased incumbents.

"Why else would the Congress, backed by the RJD, lose in Bhabhua," he asked.

JD(U) and MLC said, "We do politics on our own terms, without compromising on principles. The RJD, against which we were pitted, is sitting on pots of money. It is headed by who is in jail for corruption. Its heir apparent was born with a silver spoon in his mouth".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 19:25 IST