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Bihar bypolls: Nitish congratulates candidates

LIVE: Bihar By-Election Result 2018; RJD leads with 1,95527 votes in Araria Counting begins for bypolls to Araria Lok Sabha and 2 Assembly seats in Bihar
Lillian Steele | 16 March, 2018, 01:05

The outcome of the bypolls was the first electoral battle in Bihar after Kumar had dumped Grand Alliance in July past year and latter joined hands with the BJP to form a coalition ministry in the state. Kumar Krishna Mohan was contesting on RJD ticket from Jehanabad seat.

The BJP's Rinki Pandey was leading by over 6,000 votes over Sambhu Patel of the Congress, a RJD ally, in Bhabhua.

This is not the first time BJP leaders have used this line, prompting allegations by the RJD and others in the opposition that it was trying to polarise voters.

A day after the RJD won from the Araria Lok Sabha constituency, Union Minister Giriraj Singh stoked a huge controversy on Thursday when he said the Muslim-dominated area would "now become a safe haven for terrorists". These results have the potential of triggering another round of churn in Bihar's politics. Counting of votes for the three seats in Bihar began amid tight security around 8 am.

The BJP retained Bhabhua assembly seat. They have spawned an extremist ideology which is a danger not only to Bihar but also to the country in the coming days. The saffron party fielded Pandey's wife Rinky Rani. "How can that be the hub of ISIS", questioned former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.

In Araria, RJD candidate Sarfaraz Alam defeated BJP's Pradeep Kumar Singh.

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, Giriraj had sent the BJP ducking for cover when he had said that those opposing Narendra Modi will be sent to Pakistan. "If he and the BJP don't believe in Nitish Kumar's leadership, then why don't they ask him to step down or withdraw support?"

Yadav also questioned the state government over its negligence towards corruption cases involving Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.

In the Jehanabad assembly seat, RJD's Suday Yadav defeated his Janata Dal (United) rival Abhiram Sharma by more than 30,000 votes. "Massive leads in just two assembly segments tilted the result in favour of the RJD candidate", Nand Kishore told reporters.

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