JD(U) retains Laukaha assembly seat in Bihar

The ruling JD(U) retained Laukaha assembly seat as its candidate Sanjay Kumar Sah was declared elected defeating his nearest RJD rival Mokhtar Ahmed.

Updated: Dec 04, 2011, 16:53 PM IST

Laukaha: The ruling JD(U) on Sunday
retained Laukaha assembly seat as its candidate Sanjay Kumar
Sah was declared elected defeating his nearest RJD rival
Mokhtar Ahmed by 22,763 votes.

Sah, son of the former Panchayati Raj, BC and MBC
Welfare Minister Hari Prasad Sah whose death in October had
forced the bypoll in the assembly seat, polled 64,425 votes as
against Ahmed`s 41,662 votes, Madhubani district magistrate
and returning officer Sanjeev Kumar Hans said.

Samajwadi Janata Dal (Democratic) candidate Talmul
Hussain polled 6425 votes, while Congress`s Ram Sunder Tarait
received 4664 votes to stand in third and fourth position
respectively.

As many as 13 candidates were in fray for the bypoll
in Laukaha assembly seat.

JD(U) had nominated Sah`s son to contest from his
father`s seat.

With the latest victory, the ruling JD(U)`s strength
in the state assembly has increased to 117 MLAs in the
243-member house.

The JD(U) ally BJP has 92 MLAs in the state assembly
followed by the RJD (22), LJP (1), Congress (4) and others
(7).

PTI