RJD wins Jehanabad and Araria Lok Sabha seats

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Taking a dig at the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after declaration of Assembly and Lok Sabha bypolls seats, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and Lalu Yadav's son said, "Now it's turn for Nitishji to give clarifications on the moral corruption he carried out". "The more you pour the fuel of conspiracy on Lalu, the brighter will his lantern burn".

In Jehanabad, RJD's Suday Yadav, son of deceased MLA Mundrika Singh Yadav is ahead of his rival from JD (U) Abhiram Sharma, according to latest trends.

This is the first electoral battle in the state since Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, head of JD (U), broke out the alliance with the RJD and the Indian National Congress and joined the NDA Alliance a year ago.

In a matter of hours, Tejashwi became the leader of the opposition from the deputy chief minister. And on Wednesday, party workers in Patna reiterated Lalu's announcement by projecting him as the next chief minister as they hailed his leadership at victory rallies. Both are considered traditional RJD supporters.

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The JD (U) had also put up its candidate in 2014 elections who finished third behind the BJP. "We can definitely review our strategy in the light of new political developments", he said.

The cricketer-turned-politician loves to flaunt his proximity to Congress president Rahul Gandhi and regional leaders such as Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, both youth icons.

In Phulpur, SP's Pratap Singh Patel is leading by 29,474 with 218,963 votes, while BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel is second with 189,489 votes after 20 rounds of counting. In the Bhabua and Jehanabad Assembly constituencies, where by-polls were also held, the voter turnout was 54.03 per cent and 50.06 per cent respectively after polling ended at 5 pm, Bihar Chief Electoral Officer Ajay V Nayak 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. There is a sympathy wave, he said. Sukhdeo Paswan won on BJP ticket in 2004. "This very ideology will destroy your ego", tweeted Tejashwi Yadav as the results were pouring in.

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