Daraunda (Siwan): Dealing a blow to
opposition RJD-LJP combine and the Congress once again, the
ruling JD(U) on Monday retained the Daraunda Assembly constituency
JD(U) candidate Kavita Singh defeated her nearest RJD
candidate Parmeshwar Singh by 20,092 votes.
Singh, the daughter in-law of the former MLA Jagmato
Devi, polled 51,754 votes as against 31,662 votes secured by
the RJD candidate who was supported by the party`s strongmen
Md Shahabuddin and Prabhunath Singh, besides the LJP.
The Congress candidate Kalika Sharan Singh and the
CPI(M-L) nominee Jainath Yadav stood a distant third and
fourth polling 4238 and 3754 votes, respectively.
Siwan`s district magistrate-cum-returning officer
Lokesh Kumar Singh announced the result after counting of
votes held amid tight security arrangements.
There were as many as nine candidates, including three
women, in the bypoll for Daraunda Assembly seat that was held
on October 13 in which 44 per cent electorate had exercised
The Daraunda Assembly seat had fallen vacant
consequent to the death of the sitting JD(U) MLA Jagmato Devi
in June and the party had given ticket to her newly-wed
daughter in-law to contest the bypoll.