Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Triumph of truth over lies: Lalu on Bihar by-poll win

Triumph of truth over lies: Lalu on Bihar by-poll win

The RJD retained Araria Lok Sabha and Jehanabad assembly seats in the bypolls for three seats in Bihar.

Though the RJD lost in Bhabua, the twin victories helped Tejashwi, 28, shed the tag of "bachcha" in politics, as he is often ridiculed by the BJP. "The bypoll results are victory of truth over lies", said Lalu Prasad Yadav, now lodged in a Ranchi jail, in a tweet.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal on Wednesday won the Araria Lok Sabha seat in Bihar as well the Jehanabad assembly constituency while the BJP bagged the Bhabhua assembly seat in bypolls that were considered the first electoral test after Nitish Kumar dumped the Grand Alliance and joined hands with the BJP a year ago.

Araria has formidable Muslim-Yadav electorate - 40% Muslims and 20% Yadavs - while Jehanabad is mainly Yadav-dominated.

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Workers of SP and RJD celebrated across Uttar Pradesh and Bihar by distributing candies and bursting firecrackers.

After sweeping the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and the assembly elections previous year, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) faced formidable rivals in the form of Samajwadi Party (SP) and BSP who stitched a last minute alliance in the by-polls.

In Jehanabad, Suday Yadav of RJD defeated Janata Dal-United candidate Abhiram Sharma by 35,036 votes.

Lalu had earlier announced Tejashwi as a chief ministerial candidate for the 2020 assembly polls. Now, the JD (U) is in alliance with the BJP and has put up its candidate to take on the RJDs nominee.

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In Gorakhpur, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's bastion, SP's Pravin Nishad was leading over BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla by 26,446 votes at the end of the 21st round of counting, officials said.

He did not hesitate in hurling barbs at chief minister Kumar, whom he calls chacha or uncle, for insulting the mandate given to the grand alliance and realigning with the saffron party for personal gains.

BJP is leading in Bhabua Assembly seat with 40,501 votes and RJD is leading in Jehanabad Assembly seat with 52,609 votes. There is a sympathy wave, he said. Mr. Alam, quit as a JD (U) MLA from Jokihat and joined RJD to contest the Araria seat where the by-poll was necessitated after death of his father Mohd. Sukhdeo Paswan won on BJP ticket in 2004. That idea will crush your arrogance, tweeted Mr Yadav.

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