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RJD bags Araria Lok Sabha, Jehanabad Assembly seats; BJP gets Bhabhua (Fourth Lead)

IANS  |  Patna 

Despite the jailing of its star Lalu Prasad, the on Wednesday won the and the seats while the bagged the seat, officials said.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal's defeated the candidate by over 60,000 votes in Araria, triggering calls for a - a la - all across to take on the in the next polls.

In Jehanabad, Suday Yadav of defeated Janata Dal-United candidate by 35,036 votes.

BJP's Rinki Pandey worsted Sambhu Patel of the Congress, a ally, by 15,000 votes in Bhabua. All three seats went to the polls on Sunday.

It was a direct fight between the BJP-led and the of the RJD-in Bihar, a year ahead of the next battle.

With the original having come apart and the JD-U deserting it and joining hands with the BJP, there was a lot at stake for everyone in the by-elections: the RJD, JD-U, and

"People have rejected Nitish Kumar's decision to join hands with the 'jumlebaaz' BJP as NDA was defeated in the earlier Assembly polls," RJD said.

RJD leaders and workers celebrated across by distributing sweets and bursting firecrackers.

At the Assembly premises, RJD legislators played Holi, splashing each other with colour powder.

Elsewhere, RJD workers beat drums and raised slogans hailing Lalu Prasad, who has been jailed for corruption, and his son Tejashwi Yadav, who asked opposition leaders to join hands at the national level to take on the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha battle.

The balloting in Jehanabad and Bhabua followed the death of RJD and BJP legislators respectively.

The Lok Sabha seat became vacant after the death last year of Mohammad Taslimuddin, the

The RJD fielded -- son of Taslimuddin and a of the ruling JD-U. Last month, he left the JD-U and quit the Assembly to join the RJD.

He is a former from Jokihat in district.



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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 19:00 IST