The Rashtriya Janata Dal's Sarfaraz Alam defeated the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Pradeep Kumar Singh by over 60,000 votes in Araria, triggering calls for a Grand Alliance - a la Bihar - all across India to take on the BJP in the next Lok Sabha polls.
BJP's Rinki Pandey worsted Sambhu Patel of the Congress, a RJD ally, by 15,000 votes in Bhabua. All three seats went to the polls on Sunday.
With the original Grand Alliance 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, BJP and Congress.
RJD leaders and workers celebrated across Bihar by distributing sweets and bursting firecrackers.
At the Bihar 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.
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