Patna, March 14: With an outstanding performance, the Rashtra Janata Dal (RJD) clinched by-polls for Araria Lok Sabha seat and two Assembly seats of Jehanabad on Wednesday.
RJD’s candidate Kumar Krishna Mohan alias Suday Yadav clinched Jehanabad by 35036 votes. Sarfaraz Alam won Araria Lok Sabha seat defeating BJP’s Pradeep Singh by 57,358 votes.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said that results reflected that the party chief Lalu Prasad’s influence still prevailed in Bihar.
— ANI (@ANI) March 14, 2018
“You have not captured ‘Lalu’ but an ideology. This very ideology will destroy your arrogance. We put forth our argument with utmost humility in the court. The affection from public has provided us with humility and strength; as for the rest, victory and loss are a part of democracy,” Yadav said in a tweet.
The bypolls were seen as a litmus test for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after he pulled out of the state’s Grand Alliance and joined the BJP.
While BJP’s candidate Rinki Rani Pandey attained victory in Bhabua.
The counting of votes started amid tight security in the morning.
In Bihar, the by-elections took place on the same day for the Araria Lok Sabha seat and Jehanabad and Bhabua Assembly seats.
A 57 percent voter turnout was recorded in Araria Lok Sabha by-elections, whereas Jehanabad and Bhabua constituencies recorded 50.6 percent and 54.3 percent, respectively.
The Araria seat fell vacant after the demise of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Mohammad Taslimuddin, and the party fielded his son Sarafaraz Alam, who is contesting against the BJP’s Pradip Singh.
The Bhabua assembly seat got vacant after the death of BJP’s Anand Bhushan Pandey, and the party has picked his widow Rinki Rani Pandey. Another key candidate for the seat is Shambhu Patel from Congress.
The death of RJD MLA Mundrika Singh Yadav necessitated the by-election for Jehanabad, and his son Uday Yadav is contesting for the seat.