New Delhi: Rashtriya Janata Party (RJD) has retained the Jehanabad Assembly constituency by defeating its nearest rival the Janata Dal United (JDU). RJD candidate Kumar Krishna Mohan alias Suday Yadav won the Jehanabad Assembly byelection by 35,036 votes against his nearest rival and JDU candidate Abhiram Sharma. Kumar Krishna Mohan is the son of late RJD leader Mundrika Yadav, who had won the seat in the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections.
The polling was held on Sunday for all three seats. The counting of votes for Araria Lok Sabha seat along with Bhabua and Jehanabad Assembly constituencies began on Wednesday.
This is the first electoral battle in the Bihar since Chief Minister and JD(U) supremo Nitish Kumar, walked out of the grand alliance with Lalu Prasad's RJD and Congress and joined hands with BJP-led NDA in 2017.
This is also the first time that elections are held in Bihar under the guidance of Tejashwi Yadav since his father and RJD chief Lalu Yadav is lodged in jail in connection with fodder scam.
In Bihar's Araria parliamentary constituency, seven candidates are in the fray. 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.
List of candidates in Araria:
BJP: Pradeep Kumar Singh
RJD: Sarfaraz Alam
Rashtriya Jansambhavna Party: Upendra Sahani
Jan Adhikar Party (Loktantrik): Prince Victor
Independents: Binit Prakash, Maheshwar Rishi, Sudama Singh
The main contest in Araria is mainly between RJD's Sarafaraz Alam, Taslimuddin's son, and BJP's Pradip Singh, who had won the seat in 2009 and finished runner-up in 2014.
List of candidates in Bhabua:
BJP: Rinki Rani Pandey
Congress: Shambhu Singh Patel
Bahujan Mukti Party: Samprabhawati Devi
Bharatiya Momin Front: Salim Ansari
Independent: Akshaibar Singh, Ujjwal Kumar Chaubey, Omprakash Singh, Kamlesh Azad, Jagmohan Pal, Jageshwar Singh, Dharmendra Singh, Ram Dular Choudhary, Vikash Singh, Vijyanta Devi, Shiv Murat Bind, Santosh Kumar Singh and Samim Rain
The BJP is hopeful of retaining the Bhabua Assembly seat riding on a sympathy wave for Anand Bhushan Pandey, whose death at the age of 48, necessitated the bypoll. The saffron party fielded Pandey's wife Rinky Rani.
List of candidates in Jehanbad:
Janata Dal (United): Abhiram Sharma
RJD: Kumar Krishna Mohan alias Suday Yadav
Shiv Sena: Archana Mishra
Krantikari Vikas Dal: Anand Kumar
CPI-(Marxist-Leninist) (Liberation): Kunti Devi
Shoshit Samaj Dal: Brijnandan Singh
Rashtriya Jansambhavna Party: Mahesh Kumar
Independent: Amul Kumar, Kumari Kusum, Dhananjay Kumar, Prakash Kumar, Mani Bhushan Sharma, Mithilesh Kumar Singh, Md. Sultan Ahmad
In Jehanabad, the RJD hopes to retain the Assembly seat that fell vacant after the death of Mundrika Yadav. The party gave a ticket to Yadav's son Kumar Krishna Mohan.
Meanwhile, the results are expected to be announced by the afternoon today.