Shock defeat for BJP in UP, Bihar by-polls

Shock defeat for BJP in UP, Bihar by-polls

Alam is the son of former Araria MP Mohammad Taslimuddin, whose death in September last necessitated the bypoll.

In Bihar, much is at stake for both ruling BJP-led NDA and opposition Grand Alliance comprising RJD, Congress and HAM-S, barely a year ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

RJD's Sarafaraz Alam won the Araria Lok Sabha seat by a margin of 61,988 votes.

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

Taking to Twitter, Yadav said, "You have not captured "Lalu" but an ideology. Its heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav was born with a silver spoon in his mouth". Muslims account for over 41 per cent of Araria's electorate.

Workers of SP and RJD celebrated across Uttar Pradesh and Bihar by distributing candies and bursting firecrackers.

The bypolls in Bihar, the first major elections in the state after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar broke away from the mahagathbandhan and tied up with the BJP, is expected to gauge the public response to Mr Kumar's decision to switch allies.

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Shock defeat for BJP in UP, Bihar by-polls

In Jehanabad, RJD's Suday Yadav, son of deceased MLA Mundrika Singh Yadav is ahead of his rival from JD (U) Abhiram Sharma, according to latest trends.

The JD (U) had also put up its candidate in 2014 elections who finished third behind the BJP.

In Gorakhpur, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's bastion, SP's Pravin Nishad was leading over BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla by 26,446 votes at the end of the 21st round of counting, officials said. Both are considered traditional RJD supporters.

He did not hesitate in hurling barbs at chief minister Kumar, whom he calls chacha or uncle, for insulting the mandate given to the grand alliance and realigning with the saffron party for personal gains.

BJP candidate Rinky Rani Pandey won the Bhabhua Assembly seat by defeating Congress's Shambhu Patel by a margin of 15,490 votes. The seat was previously held by the RJD when it contested in alliance with Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United.

Tejashwi remained humble as he tweeted that "a win or loss is part of the electoral game" but did take pot shots at the BJP.

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