Bihar bypoll UPDATES: RJD leading in Araria, Jehanabad; BJP in Bhabua

Adjust Comment Print

The results were expected to be declared by afternoon, an Election Commission (EC) official said.

The RJD-Congress alliance is upbeat after a good voter turnout in Araria, Bhabua and Jehanabad and expressed confidence that the alliance candidates will win.

In Bihar, RJD leading by 455 votes with 195527 votes in the Araria Lok Sabha constituency followed by BJP with 195072 votes. BJP is now leading in Bhabua by 2,528 votes. Counting of votes for the three seats in Bihar began amid tight security around 8 am today.

Polling for Bihar's Araria Lok Sabha seat and the Assembly constituencies of Jehanabad and Bhabhua passed off peacefully with an average 54 per cent voting on Sunday. The RJD hopes to retain the Assembly seat. After the by-election for three seats in Bihar, the preparations to elect candidates for the vacant seat has been completed in Araria.

Phulpur bypoll results 2018: Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 12,231 votes with 99,557 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel second with 87,326 votes after eight round of counting.

Bihar bypolls are being seen as a litmus test for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after he pulled out of the state's Grand Alliance and joined the BJP. The bye-election to the Araria seat was necessitated after the death of sitting RJD lawmaker Mohd Taslimuddin. 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.

According to latest data, RJD's Sarfaraz Alam, who had in the earlier rounds trailed behind BJP's Pradip Kumar Singh, was now leading by about 14,500 votes after ninth rounds of counting of votes. His wife Rinki Pandey is contesting on the BJP ticket.

For the BJP, the election is a prestige issue for chief minister Yogi Adityanath who represented the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat five times in a row till he took over as chief minister in 2017.