The by-election to the Araria seat was necessitated by the death of RJD MP Mohd Taslimuddin.
Defeat of JD (U) nominee Abhiram Sharma at Jehanabad is a bad news for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who had in July past year dumped the Grand Alliance and joined hands with the BJP to form a coalition government.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal on Wednesday won the Araria Lok Sabha seat in Bihar as well the Jehanabad assembly constituency while the BJP bagged the Bhabhua assembly seat in bypolls that were considered the first electoral test after Nitish Kumar dumped the Grand Alliance and joined hands with the BJP previous year. In Bhahua, BJP is leading by 2,528 votes whereas RJD candidate is ahead in Jehanabad by 8,899 votes, latest trends showed.
He said the RJD's victory in Araria was not a victory of M-Y (Muslim Yadav) combination, but a victory of everyone - "from A to Z". "Its heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav was born with a silver spoon in his mouth".
RJD leaders and workers celebrated across the state by distributing candies and bursting fire crackers.
"He has filled in the vacuum of Lalu Prasad and gained acceptability as a youth leader in the party by taking on tall leaders like chief minister (Nitish) Kumar and the BJP's Sushil Modi", he added.
Party leaders said Tejashwi had a foolproof strategy to reach out to his party's traditional voters in both the constituencies. He also projected himself as a victim of a well-planned conspiracy hatched by the BJP and JD (U) by holding him accused in the land-for-hotel scam. The seat was previously held by the RJD when it contested in alliance with Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United.
Rinki is the widowed wife of Anand Pandey, the former elected MLA of the constituency.
In Phulpur, SP's Pratap Singh Patel is leading by 29,474 with 218,963 votes, while BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel is second with 189,489 votes after 20 rounds of counting. This very ideology will destroy your arrogance. In the Bhabua and Jehanabad Assembly constituencies, where by-polls were also held, the voter turnout was 54.03 per cent and 50.06 per cent respectively after polling ended at 5 pm, Bihar Chief Electoral Officer Ajay V Nayak said.