Arijit Shashwat polled 59,856 votes in to Sharma’s 70514 votes. The biggest vote splitter remained Bijay Sah, who turned against the BJP after the party gave the ticket to Ashwini Choubey’s son Arijit. Sah, who ran as an independent, polled 15,212 votes.
Shashwat, speaking to The Indian Express, had earlier defended his selection. He had said the party’s loss in the two subsequent elections had led to the selection. Bhagalpur was once a stronghold of his father, who was MLA for five terms in Bhagalpur.
Bhagalpur has seven assembly segments. BJP did not win a single seat. In Bihpur Varsha Rani of RJD won against the BJP’s Kumar Shailendra. In Gopalpur, Anil Kumar Yadav of BJP lost to Narendra Kumar Niraj of JD(U). In Pirpainti Ram Vilas Paswan of RJD won against BJP’s Lalan Kumar. In Kahalgaon, Congress’ Sadanand Singh won against LJP’s Niraj Kumar Mandal. In Sultanganj and Nathnagar JD(U)’s Subodh Roy and Ajay Kumar Mandal won respectively.