BJP ahead in Araria, Bhabua; RJD in Jehanabad

BJP ahead in Araria, Bhabua; RJD in Jehanabad

BJP ahead in Araria, Bhabua; RJD in Jehanabad

In the Bhabua and Jehanabad Assembly constituencies, where by-polls were also held, the voter turnout was 54.03% and 50.06% respectively.

In a major setback to the Mahagathbandhan, the NDA is leading from all three constituencies in Bihar. Stay tuned here for all the latest bypoll results and updates.

With the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) marking a clear lead in the by-elections for Araria Lok Sabha seat and Jehanbad Assembly seat, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday said that results reflected that the jailed party chief Lalu Prasad's influence still prevailed in Bihar.

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Jehanabad: Earlier, RJD was leading in Jehanabad where Abhiram Sharma (JD-U) was trailing by 1340 votes. Lalu Prasad Yadav's party had won two of three seats that went to bye-elections in Bihar.

#Araria Lok Sabha by-poll: BJP leading with 58,225 votes, RJD second with 55,334.

Security across the Gorakhpur and Phulpur constituencies in Uttar Pradesh have been tightened as counting of votes is under way. Araria and Jehanabad were represented by its lawmakers till they died past year. The seat was previously held by the RJD when it contested in alliance with Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United. Bypolls were necessited following the demise of legislator Anand Bhushan Pandey. Former BJP MP Pradeep Kumar Singh is seeking to regain the seat from the RJD which has fielded Sarfaraz Alam, the death of whose father Mohammed Taslimuddin has necessitated the bypoll.

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In Jehanabad, the RJD is squared against the JD (U).

Akhilesh Yadav's SP is leading in the Phulpur seat.

This is the first electoral battle in the state 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 a year ago.

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