NDA Wins One Out of Five Seats in Bihar By-polls

Bihar Assembly Bhawan in Patna.

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Patna: The myth that the NDA was indestructable in Bihar with Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi ‘double engine’ doing its magic in the state came crashing down on Thursday when three of the four Janata Dal - U candidates and one Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate in the Assembly by-elections lost their bids by convincing margins.

Patna: The myth that the NDA was indestructable in Bihar with Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi ‘double engine’ doing its magic in the state came crashing down on Thursday when three of the four Janata Dal - U candidates and one Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate in the Assembly by-elections lost their bids by convincing margins.

The only JD-U candidate to walk away with a victory was Laxmikant Mandal who defeated his nearest rival and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidate Rabia Khatun by a margin of 5131 votes.

RJD, on its part, also did not do too well but better than the JD-U as two of its four candidates were declared victorious in the Assembly by-polls.

While independent candidate Karanjit Singh destroyed JD-U candidate Ajay Kumar Singh at Daraunda seat by a margin of over 27,000 votes, Kamarul Hoda, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) candidate stunned his nearest rival and lone BJP candidate in the race Sweety Singh from Kishanganj constituency by a margin of over 10,000 votes.

This is the first entry of an AIMIM candidate, the party of controversial leader Asaduddin Owasi, in Bihar.

The Lok Sabha by-poll in Samastipur necessitated by the sudden death of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Ram Chandra Paswan was won by LJP candidate Prince Raj who defeated Congress leader Dr. Ashok Kumar by a hefty margin of 102,090 votes.

RJD candidate Zafar Alam defeated JD-U candidate Dr. Arun Kumar for the Bakhtiarpur seat by a margin of over 15,000 votes. Another RJD leader to score victory was Ramdeo Yadav from Belhar where he defeated his nearest rival and JD-U candidate Laldhari by a margin of nearly 20,000 votes.

The reaction to the poll results were, as expected, on party line.

While RJD leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav wasted no time in slamming the NDA saying the people of Bihar were waking up from their slumber after being conned and deceived by Nitish Kumar and his communal BJP cohorts.

“People have just taught a lesson to the NDA after 15 years of corruption, bad administration, and anarchy in the state. I thank the voters who have sent a strong signal to this corrupt administration that they will not be taking it lying down anymore,” Yadav said.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, meanwhile, played down the loss by twisting himself into a knot saying while the NDA had a history of losing in the by-polls, general election results happened to be just the opposite.

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