The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has managed to retain the Araria Lok Sabha and Jehanabad assembly seats.
With 5,09,334 votes, RJD candidate Sarfaraz Alam won Araria beat the BJP’s Pradip Kumar Singh by an impressive 61,788-vote margin.
In Jehanabad, the RJD’s Kumar Krishna Mohan (alias Suday Yadav) defeated the JDUs Abhiram Sharma by 35,343 votes.
The RJD’s wins are a strong indication of RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav’s coming of age. He has made an impressive electoral debut in the absence of his father, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is in jail after being convicted in a fodder scam case.
By overnight switching sides, Nitish Kumar has axed his feet and rendered himself politically irrelevant,” Tejashwi tweeted. “People of Bihar are in no mood to forgive his morality and conscience of comfort and political stunts anytime soon. BJP is already feeling burden of alliance with him.
Tejashwi said the Bihar government and its machinery had been working overtime in the last few days to ensure the defeat of the ‘Grand Alliance’ candidates in all the three seats that went to polls on March 11, but had failed.
CM Nitish and deputy CM Sushil Modi did many road shows and public meetings. Both were aggressively dropping their choppers in all the blocks and panchayats. Nitish Kumar threw all his weight, cadre, money and govt machinery to defeat this baccha (Tejaswi) but all in vain, the RJD leader tweeted.
The electoral win for Tejaswi in the by-elections not only consolidates his position as the leader of the party in Lalu Prasad’s absence, but will also put an end to speculation that senior party leaders like Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Shivanand Tiwary and Jagdanand Singh feel uneasy working under his leadership – at least for a while.
Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi downplayed the RJDs win, citing a “sympathy factor” caused by the demise of the their sitting candidates.
There has been a sympathy factor that has worked in all the three seats as the people have voted the family members of the sitting candidates who died. There is no political meaning attached with this verdict, Modi said.