RJD leads in Araria, Jahanabad, BJP in Bhabhua

RJD leads in Araria, Jahanabad, BJP in Bhabhua

The bypoll in Araria was necessitated due to the demise of RJD Member of Parliament (MP) Mohammad Taslimuddin. Before him, his mentor Yogi Avaidyanath was MP from the seat for two terms, in 1991 and 1993. In Bhahua, BJP is leading by 2,528 votes whereas RJD candidate is ahead in Jehanabad by 8,899 votes, latest trends showed.

The SP's electoral understanding with Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and tie-up with local satraps appeared to have paid dividends, prompting the BJP to speak of re-drawing its electoral strategy ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The last time they joined hands was in 1992 - to take charge of the state after the sacking of BJP's Kalyan Singh in the aftermath of the Babri demolition. The combined vote share of BJP-JD (U) in 2014 was close to 50 per cent.

In Phulpur, SP's Pratap Singh Patel is leading by 29,474 with 218,963 votes, while BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel is second with 189,489 votes after 20 rounds of counting.

The results for the by-elections held for Araria Lok Sabha seat Assembly seats of Bhabua and Jehanabad will be declared today.

The bypolls to Jehanabad and Bhabua assembly seats are being held following the death of sitting legislators from the RJD and the BJP, respectively.

The bypolls are seen as a litmus test for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after he pulled out of the state's Grand Alliance and joined the BJP.

"It is too early to give all the credit to Tejashwi for the bypoll win as both the seats were in RJD's kitty".

Yogi Adityanath, who had represented Gorakhpur seat in the Lok Sabha for five times, winning the last elections in 2014 with a margin of 3.13 lakh votes, resigned from the seat after he was became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Deputy Chief Minister 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.

Reacting to the results, former Chief Minister of Bihar Jitan Ram Manjhi said, "BJP should stop working for its face value and instead put in efforts to work for the people".

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