In a major relief for RJD, its candidate Sarfaraz Alam has regained the lead in Araria Lok Sabha seat by over 14,000 votes, while the party was already leading in Jehanabad. The polling was held on Sunday for all three seats.
After eighth round of counting, BJP is leading BJP leading in Bhabua with 19,738 votes and RJD is leading in Jehanabad after tenth round of counting with 29,551 votes.
AM: RJD candidate still leading with over 8000 votes.
In Bihar's Araria, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress are pitted against the BJP-Janata Dal (United) alliance and it's the first big test for Nitish Kumar after he walked out of the Grand Alliance past year to team up with the BJP.
PM; According to latest updates, BJP is leading in the Araria Lok Sabha constituency by 1749 votes after 10 rounds of counting. Final result is expect by afternoon.
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In Bhabua assembly seats however Congress is trailing.
AM: After first round of counting, RJD is leading in Jehanabad.
Now BJP is leading with 23,640 votes.
In Jehanabad assembly seat the postal ballots are about 150. In Jehanabad, the battle is between RJD's Sujay Yadav and JD (U)'s Abhiram Sharma.
The contest in Araria is mainly between RJD's Sarafaraz Alam, Taslimuddin's son, and BJP's Pradip Singh, who had won the seat in 2009 and finished runner-up in 2014.
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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.
PM: The bypoll of two Bihar assembly seats has both main contenders evenly poised with BJP leading in Bhabuaand RJD leading inJehanabad.
New electoral experiments before the crucial 2019 general elections will be put to test on Wednesday when the Lok Sabha bypolls results of Gorakhpur, Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh and Araria in Bihar will be announced.
Uttar Pradesh by-polls 2018 were necessitated after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats, respectively, following their election to the state legislative council.
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