“Araria keval seemavarti ilaka nhi hai, keval Nepal aur Bengal se judha nhi hai. Ek kattarpanthi vichardhara ko unhone janam diya hai, Yeh Bihar ke liye khatra nhi hai desh ke liye khatra hoga. Woh atankwadiyon ka gadh banega” (RJD’s win is not only dangerous for Bihar but for the entire country. It has given birth to communal ideologies in that place. It will become a haven for terrorists), Giriraj Singh was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Reacting to Giriraj Singh’s statement, RJD leader Rabri Devi said that BJP is hassled by the result of the bye-elections and that’s why its leaders are making such statements.
“Terrorists of the entire nation are sitting inside the BJP office. People have given them a befitting reply and that’s why they are hassled. The people of Bihar and UP are showing the way to the BJP. They (leaders of BJP) should keep a check on their language. He (Giriraj) should apologise to the people of Araria. Otherwise, people will not forgive them in 2019,” ANI quoted Rabri Devi as saying.
In Araria, RJD’s Sarfaraz Alam defeated his nearest BJP rival Pradip Kumar Singh by over 60,000 votes. The bye-election to the Araria seat was necessitated after the death of sitting RJD lawmaker Mohd Taslimuddin.
Earlier, in a video, BJP chief Nityanand was heard saying that Araria will become a ‘den of ISI’ if RJD wins. He also said if Pradip Singh from BJP wins, it will remain a place of patriots.
Dedicating the win to the people of Bihar, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav called the results “a victory of ideology of RJD Supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav.” BJP’s Sushil Modi, meanwhile, said that the party accepts the mandate of the people.
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.