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Bihar bypolls: Tejashwi Yadav's stock rises as RJD wins Araria, Jehanabad

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The Election Commission said that the counting would go till 28 rounds.

In Gorakhpur, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's bastion, SP's Pravin Nishad was leading over BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla by 26,446 votes at the end of the 21st round of counting, officials said. He however started trailing in later rounds. In 2014, the RJD candidate bagged 41.86 per cent vote. SP candidate Pravin Kumar Nishad got 4,56,437 votes over his nearest BJP rival Upendra Dutt Shukla who secured 4,34,476 votes.

Both seats were a prestige fight for the BJP.

In the Phulpur constituency, which was once represented by first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, SP candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel defeated BJP candidate Kaushalendra Singh by a margin of 59,613 votes.

In Bihar, the ruling JD (U)-BJP combine and the opposition RJD-Congress alliance were locked in a battle in Araria Lok seat and the two Assembly constituencies. CM Nitish Kumar congratulated the winners and BJP leader Sushil Modi said that the party respected people's mandate.

The outcome is bad news for Chief Minister Kumar whose party candidate Abhiram Sharma was beaten in Jehanabad by more than 35,000 votes by RJD's Suday Yadav. 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.

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Jehangabad SS College has been selected as the counting centre for the counting of votes for the assembly.

Elections results will be announced today for Jehanabad, Bhabua and Araria'sBypolls.

Araria has formidable Muslim-Yadav electorate - 40% Muslims and 20% Yadavs - while Jehanabad is mainly Yadav-dominated.

BJP's Rinky Rani Pandey, who was contesting from the Bhabua assembly seat following the death of her husband and BJP MLA Anand Bhushan Pandey, won the seat for BJP.

RJD's Sarfaraz Alam, who was declared a victor, comprehensively beat his opponent Pradip Kumar Singh of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after counting finished on Wednesday evening. The Congress' Shambhu Singh Patel, who was offered the seat in the last minute after the RJD backed out, is in second place.

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