RJD clinches two out of three seats in Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav says results ‘a victory of Lalu’s ideology’

Tejashwi Yadav also slammed the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government calling it an "opportunistic alliance." "By overnight switching sides Nitish Kumar has axed his feet and rendered himself politically irrelevant. BJP is already feeling burden of alliance with him," he tweeted.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 14, 2018 7:54 pm
RJD MLA berates Tejashwi's "Nyay Yatra", showers praise on Nitish Kumar RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav. (Express Photo by Alok Jain/File)

In a major blow to the BJP ahead of 2019 polls, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Wednesday managed to retain Jehanabad seat as well as the Araria Lok Sabha seat in Bihar, while, the saffron party clinched the Bhabua assembly seat. The elections were seen as a litmus test for both the parties as it was the first electoral test to NDA in Bihar since Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s return to the alliance in July, while the RJD had to fight in the absence of its supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav.

RJD’s Sarafaraz Alam won the Araria Lok Sabha seat by a margin of 61,988 votes. While Sarafaraz Alam got 50,9334 votes, BJP’s Pradip Singh trailed behind with 44,7346 votes. In the Jehanabad assembly seat, RJD’s Uday Yadav defeated his Janata Dal (United) rival Abhiram Sharma by more than 30,000 votes. In small consolation for the BJP, its candidate Rinki Rani Pandey retained the Bhabhua Assembly seat for the party, defeating her Congress rival Shambhu Singh Patel by about 14,000 votes.

Dedicating the win to the people of Bihar, RJD chief’s son and party leader Tejashwi Yadav called the results ‘a victory of the ideology of Lalu Prasad Yadav.’ “You have not jailed Lalu Yadav, you have jailed an ideology. This very ideology will destroy your ego,” tweeted Tejashwi Yadav as the results were pouring in. Yadav also slammed the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government calling it an “opportunistic alliance.” CM Nitish Kumar congratulated the winners and BJP leader Sushil Modi said that the party respected people’s mandate.

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Patna: RJD supporters flash victory sign as they celebrate their success in Araria and Jehanabad Lok Sabha by-poll election, in Patna on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Reacting to the results, former Chief Minister of Bihar Jitan Ram Manjhi said, “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.” Manjhi had recently joined the grand alliance after walking away from NDA government.

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Leaders from other political parties also congratulated RJD over the victory. Mamata Banerjee and Omar Abdullah congratulated Tejashwi Yadav on Twitter. Congress’ Jyotiraditya Scindia said, “People have spoken against the anti-farmer, anti-youth and anti-women policies of the govt, it is very clear that BJP is being shown the door by the people.”

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  1. R
    Mar 15, 2018 at 5:05 am
    You are correct Tejasvi, Indians never cared for corruption or Anti-Nationals, they are very greedy people, they can vote even Dawood Ibrahim or Osama bin Laden, Muslism know the value of their vote and determined to vote against BJP to get pro-Muslim party back to power, this so called democracy Drama will continue for another 40 years , once Muslism get majority they will wipe out HIndus , donot worry muslism never ask what caste or weather you are a secular ,for a Muslim you are just a Kaffir and should be killed , ofcourse you will be given an option of convertimng to islam before they kill you and take away your wife and daughters , just keep looking at Tamasha and this Democratic Drama of secular people and secular partys , if you are in twenties and early Thirties you will be able to see the end of this drame. China was correct in one aspect , in 1940 they said their population are not ready for democracy and don't know the value of democracy ,hence they created an Army rule
    1. M
      Mar 15, 2018 at 4:12 am
      TRIUMPH of CASTE over Development and Rationality... TRIUMPH of Fodder of Corruption over Honest Governance..... Lallu's Ideology rests on CHEATING COWS AND BIHARIS....
      1. Shridhar Shettigar
        Mar 15, 2018 at 5:11 am
        Where is development??
      2. Kay Gee
        Mar 15, 2018 at 3:28 am
        Lalu ideology, end in tihar jail.
        1. Prasanta Mishra
          Mar 15, 2018 at 2:19 am
          Laloo,the b of social justice,not a fake encounter specialist like.......fill in the blank.
          1. M
            Mar 15, 2018 at 4:20 am
            Yes, Lallu's Goondas did not bother to stage any type of encounter.. They attacked directly... brave fellows..... No Court in India was able to enquire into what Lallu's Goondas did. Political Encounters BJP is willing to face, there is democracy there. Dynasty and its Caste Allies never faced even Media Pressure.... Biharis will Never Learn....No wonder, they are labouring in the building sites of Southern States and Punjab and Maha....
          2. Archana Das
            Mar 15, 2018 at 1:32 am
            Stealing ideology, looting ideology, shame on you Bihar people to choose these people
            1. A
              Achche Din
              Mar 15, 2018 at 2:20 am
              They have not chosen BJP or Nitish Group this time. Did you miss it?
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