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Bihar bypoll UPDATES: RJD leading in Araria, Jehanabad; BJP in Bhabua

14 March 2018

The results are expected to be declared by Thursday afternoon, according to an Election Commission official.

Now RJD is leading with 1,95,527 votes while BJP trails with 1,95,072 votes.

AM: RJD candidate Krishna Mohan still leading in Jehanabad.

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There were reports of police resorting to mild use of force outside the counting centre in Jehanabad as young RJD supporters indulged in boisterous jubilations over the news of their candidate Suday Yadav establishing an unassailable lead over former MLA and JD (U) nominee Abhiram Sharma.

Gorakhpur/Patna: Counting of votes for bypolls to three Lok Sabha seats - Phulpur and Gorakpur in Uttar Pradesh and Araria in Bihar - began at 8 am on Wednesday. Latest trends showed Sarfaraz Alam leading his BJP rival by 455 votes.

A total of 12 candidates are in contention at Jehanabad seat.

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AM: BJP leading after first round of counting in Araria Lok Sabha by-poll. The results for UP and Bihar Bye-Elections 2018 will be out today.

The contest is mainly between RJDs Sarafaraz Alam, Taslimuddin's son, and BJPs Pradip Singh, who had won the seat in 2009 and finished runners-up in 2014. In the Bhabua and Jehanabad Assembly constituencies in Bihar, where bypolls were also held, the voter turnout was 54.03 per cent and 50.06 per cent respectively, Bihar's Chief Electoral Officer Ajay V Nayak said.

In Bahbua, a seat that was held by the BJP's Anand Bhushan Pandey, his widow Rinki Rani Pandey is ahead of her rival Shambhu Patel of the Congress.

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Bihar, where votes are being counted for one Lok Sabha constituency and two Lok Sabha seats, seems headed for a status quo. According to the Election Commission, there are 1.96 million (19.61 lakh) voters in Phulpur parliamentary constituency, while the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat has a 1.95 million (19.49 lakh) electorate. Gorakhpur is the parliamentary constituency and stronghold of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The seat was vacated by Keshav Prasad Maurya, who became the deputy CM of the state in 2017.

Bihar bypoll UPDATES: RJD leading in Araria, Jehanabad; BJP in Bhabua