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Bihar By-Election Result 2018 updates: RJD bags Araria Lok Sabha seat by over 61,000 votes

Counting of votes for Araria Lok Sabha seat along with Bhabua and Jehanabad Assembly constituencies will be held on Wednesday.

FP Staff March 14, 2018 19:48:53 IST
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Bihar By-Election Result 2018 updates: RJD bags Araria Lok Sabha seat by over 61,000 votes

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Mar 14, 2018 - 19:40 (IST)

Bypolls don't comment on affairs at central level, says Bihar BJP vice-president

Bihar's BJP vice-president Devesh Kumar said, "The by-elections are driven by local factors and are no comment on the state affairs at the central level. We are sure of our win in Karnataka. As for the comment by Irfan Ahmed that our politics is hatred based, I don't want to comment on such a frivolous statement."

Asked if BJP's only victory today, of widow of former MLA, was based on sympathy, he said, "The results of the bypolls have been largely driven by sympathy. For instance, in Araria, the ticket was allotted to Mohammed Taslimuddin's son after his demise. The case is similar in Jehanabad and Bhabua. We have established a lead in four constituencies and the two where we have lost are Muslim-dominated. In 2014, we had lost elections in Araria by over 2 lakh votes, this time the margin has sunk very low. This has established that our social base has increased."

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Mar 14, 2018 - 19:36 (IST)

RJD leaders gather at residence of former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi to reflect on the day's results

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Mar 14, 2018 - 18:39 (IST)

Watch: Jahanabad's new MLA Kumar Krishna Mohan (RJD) on his victory march

Vitdeo courtesy: Ganesh Prasad/101Reporters

Mar 14, 2018 - 18:37 (IST)

Watch: Sarfaraz Alam credits Lalu Prasad's ideas, voters' love for his win in Araria

Araria's new Member of Parliament, Sarfaraz Alam, talking to reporters said Lalu Prasad Yadav's ideas and the common people's love are the reason for his win. When asked what are his challenges going forward, he said, "There are no challenges in front of us. The one who works among the people, doesn't worry about any kind of challenges. You think it was easy to win this time? From Delhi to Bihar, we could feel the influence of (BJP's) money and power."

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Mar 14, 2018 - 18:21 (IST)

Watch: RJD's Sarfaraz Alam accepts certificate of victory in Araria LS seat

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Mar 14, 2018 - 18:16 (IST)

Tejashwi Yadav congratulated Samajwadi Party chief Akilesh Yadav over the phone on Uttar Pradesh bye-election results

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Mar 14, 2018 - 18:10 (IST)

RJD wins Araria LS seat

Mar 14, 2018 - 17:57 (IST)

I was always confident of winning, says BJP's Rinki Rani Pandey

After winning the Bhabhua seat, BJP's Rinki Rani Pandey said, "Whatever promises I have made, I have set out to achieve them today. I will keep striving to achieve all of the promises I have made in the past. This is not my victory, this is the love of Bhabhua Vidhan Sabha constituency. I was always confident that I would win."

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Mar 14, 2018 - 17:53 (IST)

Watch: RJD's Kumar Krishna Mohan alias Suday Yadav accepts certificate of victory in Jehanabad by-election

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Mar 14, 2018 - 17:51 (IST)

Watch: RJD workers celebrate as party appears set to win Araria bypoll


With Sarfaraz Alam (RJD) firmly in the lead, RJD supporters have brought out the colours and the revelry. Police have been trying to keep the celebrations calm. 

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Latest update: As RJD claimed victory over the Jehanabad seat and Araria Lok Sabha seat, Tejashwi Yadav thanked the voters in Bihar. BJP's Rinki Pandey has won Bhabhua seat with 15,490 votes. BJP candidate for Araria seat Pradeep Kumar Singh left the counting centre along with party workers in anticipation of defeat.

Reacting to early trends, Lalu Prasad Yadav's daughter Misa Bharti had said that the trends have announced the "end of Nitish Kumar's politics."

Counting of votes for Araria Lok Sabha seat along with Bhabua and Jehanabad Assembly constituencies were held on Wednesday. The polling was held on Sunday for all three seats.

This is the first electoral battle in the Bihar since Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who also heads the JD(U), walked out of the alliance with the RJD and the Congress and joined the BJP-led NDA last year. While the bypoll in Araria is being viewed as a test for the ruling JD(U)-BJP combine as well as the Opposition RJD-Congress alliance ahead of the big battle in the general elections due next year, the parties are looking forward to winning the Assembly seats ahead of the crucial Rajya Sabha polls.

In Jehanabad, the RJD hopes to retain the Assembly seat that fell vacant after the death of Mundrika Yadav. The party gave a ticket to Yadav's son Kumar Krishna Mohan. The BJP is hopeful of retaining the Bhabua Assembly seat riding on a sympathy wave for Anand Bhushan Pandey, whose death at the age of 48, necessitated the bypoll. The saffron party fielded Pandey's wife Rinky Rani.

The contest in Araria is mainly between RJD's Sarafaraz Alam, Taslimuddin's son, and BJP's Pradip Singh, who had won the seat in 2009 and finished runner-up in 2014.

The current bypoll equations are also likely to reflect in the seat-sharing between the BJP and the JD(U) for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Fifty-seven percent votes were recorded in Araria while the voter turnout was 54.03 percent and 50.06 percent in Jehanabad and Bhabhua respectively. The polling was by and large peaceful, the election official said.

With inputs from agencies

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