Youth charged with raising pro-pak slogans are not RJD men: Alam

Frederick Owens
March 17, 2018

In small consolation for the BJP, it retained the Bhabhua Assembly seat.

In Bihar, RJD is leading by 23,187 with 3,33,050 votes in the Araria Lok Sabha constituency while BJP is trailing with 3,09,863 votes.

Singh said Araria in Bihar was not only a border area close to Nepal and Bangladesh, but has also given birth to "radical thinking".

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has congratulated candidates belonging to his ally, the BJP, as also those of the opposition RJD, who emerged victorious in the bypolls for one Lok Sabha and two Assembly seats in the state. Now, the JD (U) is in alliance with the BJP and has put up its candidate to take on the RJDs nominee.

Union minister Giriraj Singh on Thursday warned that Araria would soon turn into a "hub of terrorists,".

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"The SP and BSP coming together has helped the voters express their anger against the BJP governments in Uttar Pradesh and at the Centre". He recently quit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and joined the alliance of RJD and Congress. Manjhi hails from neighbouring Gaya districts and wields significant influence in Jehanabad. "We should ask him to step down then", he said. JD (U) spokesman and MLC Neeraj Kumar said, "We do politics on our own terms, without compromising on principles".

RJD's Sarfaraz Alam, who was declared a victor, comprehensively beat his opponent Pradip Kumar Singh of BJP. The seat had fallen vacant after death of Sarfaraz's father MP Mohammed Taslimuddin.

In the case of Jehanabad, an initial analysis of the voting pattern suggested that the Yadavs had voted aggressively for RJD candidate Kumar Krishna Mohan, alias Suday Yadav.

BJP's Rinki Rani Pandey, wife of Anand Bhusan Pandey whose death caused the bypoll, defeated Congress rival Shambhu Singh Patel by about 14,000 votes in Bhabhua.

In Jehanabad, RJD's victor Suday is the son of Mundrika Singh Yadav, former state minister and a close associate of Lalu, whose death necessitated the bypolls.

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