Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal-United’s (JD-U) PK Shahi on Wednesday faced defeat at the hands of opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidate Prabhunath Singh in the first three rounds of counting for the by-election to the Maharajganj Lok Sabha seat, a report said. Singh was leading Shahi by over 31,000 votes. The counting is likely to be rounded off at around 3 pm.
There was jubilation in the RJD camp as this was the first time in seven and half years that it had stolen a march over the JD-U in a by-election. Taking a potshot, Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav said the by-poll result underlined the defeat of Nitish Kumar’s arrogance.
Blaming the misrule of the Nitish Kumar-led NDA and “the corruption that has overtaken Bihar in every sphere”, Yadav said: “This is the beginning of the end of the Nitish-led regime”. Voting took place on Sunday with 47 percent polling. The seat had fallen vacant after the death of RJD MP Umashankar Singh.
The JD-U was backed by the Bharatiya Janata Party while the Lalu Prasad-led RJD had the support of the Lok Janshakti Party. The Congress had fielded Jitendra Swami.
Source: Zee News