Araria, Bhabua and Jehanabad by-election results: Counting for the three seats began at 8 am.
Counting for the Lok Sabha seat in Bihar
's Araria and two assembly seats - Bhabua and Jahanabad began at 8 am. After over 20 rounds of counting in the three constituencies, the RJD emerged victorious in the bypolls winning both Araria and Jehanabad seats while the BJP got Bhahua. "Nitish Kumar cannot even repent publicly now," tweeted RJD's Tejashwi Yadav as the results were announced. The three constituencies went to poll on March 11 and was seen as a test for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who exited the mahagathbandhan last year to walk with BJP to form government in the state.
Araria saw a voter turnout of 57 percent, 54.03 in Bhabua and 50.06 percent in Jehanabad.
Here are the live updates of by-election results of Araria, Bhabua and Jehanabad:
This is not an ordinary victory, this victory is going to give the country a direction: Tejashwi Yadav
RJD'S Sarfaraz Alam wins from Araria
Nitish Kumar Cannot Even Repent Publicly: Tejashwi Yadav
RJD Emerges Victorious In Bihar bypolls, Wins Jehanabad and Araria seats
RJD workers celebrate in Bihar
Bihar has given sympathy vote this time: state BJP president
Saying that the party welcomed the mandate of the people, Bihar BJP chief Nityanand Rai said that the people of Bihar has given a sympathy vote this time. "We will certainly win the elections of 2019 under the leadership of PM Modi & BJP President Amit Shah," he told news agency ANI.
Tejashwi Yadav asks people not to burst crackers to celebrate RJD's win
Tejashwi Yadav has requested people not to burst crackers over RJD's win in Bihar and instead "thank the public servants and help them in solving the issues that need to be addressed in the state."
People of Bihar behind RJD's win, says Tejashwi Yadav
Expressing gratitude towards the people of Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav said that its only due to their immense trust and love towards the RJD that the party has emerged victorious in the bypolls. He credited the people of Bihar for the win via twitter.
BJP should stop working for face value, put focus on people: Jitan Ram Manjhi
After the RJD won the Jenhanabad seat and is seen to be leading in Araria constituency, former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi said that the BJP should stop working for its face value and instead put in efforts to work for the people. "That's the only way in which they can improve or else they will face the same result in the 2019 elections as they have in this bypoll," he told news agency ANI.
RJD's Krishna Kumar Mohan alias Suyad Yadav wins Jehanabad seat
Rashtriya Janata Dal's Krishna Kumar Mohan won the crucial Jehanabad seat in Bihar. The party is also leading in Araria though BJP's Rinky Rani Pandey won the Bhabua seat. While Araria Lok Sabha seat saw a turnout of 57 per cent, Jehanabad and Bhabua recorded 50.6 per cent and 54.3 per cent turnout, respectively
BJP's Rinky Rani Pandey wins Bhabua seat
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Rinky Pandey won the Bhabua seat in Bihar marking a defeat for the Rashtriya Janata Dal in the constituency.
RJD's Krishna Kumar Mohan alias Suyad Yadav won by 35036 votes in Bihar's Jehanabad while JDU's Abhiram Sharma lost. In Bhabua, however, the BJP was ahead by 13130 votes in the 20th round of counting.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah congratulated Laly Prasad Yadav's son Tejashwi Yadav and daughter Misa Bharti for the RJD's performance in the Bihar by-polls. Speaking about the dinner hosted by Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday, Mr Abdullah said it was nice to meet the both of them.
RJD chief Lalu Yadav's daughter Misa Bharati said in a tweet, "Credit to Nitish Kumar that there is no match for him to be a crutch for larger parties and stick to the CM's chair. But people of Bihar are angry at him. In 2019, they will be wiped away."
"You've not jailed Lalu, you have jailed an idea. This very idea will destroy your ego," tweeted RJD's Tejashwi Yadav as the party leads in both Araria and Jehanabad constituencies in Bihar.
West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee congradulated RJD's Lalu Yadav for winning Araria and Jehanabad. "This is a great victory," the chief minister tweeted. A tweet was posted from Lalu Yadav's official account thanking Ms Banerjee's for her wishes. "Thank you Didi.. Together We are fighting, we shall fight & We will Win," the tweet read.
After 10 rounds of counting, RJD's Sarfaraz Alam leads in Araria with over 2 Lakh 30,000 votes Followed by BJP's Pradeep Singh with over 1 Lakh 85,000 votes.
RJD's Sarfaraz Alam takes lead over the BJP in Araria. Eight rounds of counting concludes.
Trends at 1 pm:
- In Jehanabad, trends show RJD's Kumar Krishna Mohan Yadav lead with over 14,000 votes. JDU's Abhiram Sharma trails after 13 rounds of counting.
- After 12 rounds of voting in Bhabua, BJP still holds the seat with over 6500 votes.
BJP's Pradeep Kumar Singh back in the lead over RJD's Sarfaraz Alam in Araria.
RJD's Sarfaraz Alam takes lead over the BJP in Araria. The BJP maintained lead in the first few rounds of counting this morning.
BJP's Pradeep Kumar Singh was leading by 2,321 votes in the Araria constituency, says Press Trust of India quoting EC officials.
Rinky Rani Pandey of the BJP was leading by 2,729 votes in the Bhabua Assembly constituency.
RJD's Suday Yadav was leading by around 1,200 votes in the Jehanabad Assembly seat, according to the early trends.
In the 4th round of counting, BJP leads in Bhabua with over 2500 votes. RJD's Kumar Krishna Mohan Yadav leads with over 13,000 votes in Jehanabad. JDU's Abhiram Sharma gets over 8400 votes.
RJD's Kumar Krishna Mohan Yadav takes back lead in Jehanabad after BJP's Pradeep Singh was ahead of the RJD candidate for a brief period.
Pradeep Singh, BJP
- Result will be good and it will be in our favor
- In 2 hours, things will be clear. People has voted for NDA
BJP's Pradeep Kumar Singh gains in Araria as he leads in the constituency, early counting tends show. JDU's Abhiram Sharma gains in Jahanabad.
After first round of counting in three constituencies - Araria, Bhabua and Jahanabad, RJDkeeps its hold on Araria and Jahanabad; BJP holfds Bhabua.
Over an hour after counting began, EVMs being opened at a counting centre in Araria. Early trends show RJD's Sarafaraz Alam leading in the constituency.
BJP's Rinki Rani Pandey leads in Bhabua and RJD's Kumar Krishna Monhan Yadav leads in Jahanabad, early trends show.
RJD's Sarafaraz Alam leads in Araria constituency as early leads come in.
A counting centre in Araria as counting for three constituencies in Bihar - Araria, Bhabua and Jahanabad begin.
Preparations at Araria ahead of counting that will begin shortly.
In Jahanabad, assembly by-elections was held after the death of RJD lawmaker Mundrika Singh Yadav. RJD fielded Mundrika Singh Yadav's son Uday Yadav. The JD(U) has fielded Abhiram Sharma who had won the seat in 2010 when his party was an ally of the BJP.
The Bhabua constituency was previously held by BJP's Anand Bhushan Pandey. The seat fell vacant after his death. The BJP has fielded Anand Bhushan Pandey's wife - Rinki Rani Pandey for the seat. Congress fielded Shambhu Patel who has been associated with the party for 35 years.
The seat in Araria constituency fell vacant after the death of sitting RJD lawmaker Taslimuddin last year.
On the day of voting, Akhilesh Yadav of Samajwadi Party had said, "Today's day is also of changing history and also of creating new history. Leave and show everyone how much power we have in our solidarity. The results will prove to be revolutionary and decisive for the future of the state and the country."
Araria saw a voter turnout of 57 percent, 54.03 in Bhabua and 50.06 percent in Jahanabad.
The bypolls will be the first major electoral battle for Bihar's Nitish Kumar after he quit the grand alliance with Lalu Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal last year.
Counting for the crucial by-election in Bihar will begin at 8 am for three constituencies - Araria, Bhabua and Jahanabad. The three went to polls on March 11.