Bihar Bypolls Results 2021 Coverage: The ruling Janata Dal (United) today won all the two seats which went to bypolls in the state on October 30, decimating opposition RJD’s hope. JD(U)’s Aman Bhushan Hajari has won the Kusheshwar Asthan seat by 12695 votes defeating RJD’s Ganesh Bharti. While Hajari got 59887 votes, RJD’s Bharti polled 47192 votes. Janata Dal (United)’s Rajeev Kumar Singh won from the Tarapur defeating RJD’s Arun Kumar. While Rajeev received 72384 votes, Arun Kumar got 71619 votes and the LJP’s Kumar Chandan stood third with 5119 votes. The Congress candidate Rajesh Kumar Mishra got 3385 votes.
The bypolls had witnessed a moderate voter turnout with Kusheshwar Asthan recording 49 per cent voting while Tarapur recording 50 per cent turnout. While 17 candidates are in the fray, eight are from Tarapur and nine from Kusheshwar Asthan. Both the seats were earlier held by the ruling JD(U). While the ruling party is aiming to retain the seats, the opposition RJD want to convey the message of alleged misrule by winning the seats. The Congress has also fielded its candidate from both the seats after the RJD did not take it into confidence over candidate announcement. Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (RV) is also in the fray. It’s the first electoral challenge for the LJP (RV) since the party suffered internal revolt and was split into two.
In Tarapur, which fell vacant upon Mewa Lal Chaudhary’s demise, JD(U)’s candidate is Rajiv Kumar Singh while from Kusheshwar Asthan, debutant Awadh Bhushan Hazari is contesting on the party ticket. Awadh’s father Shashi Bhushan Hazari had won three times in a row from this seat. In Tarapur, the RJD has fielded Arun Sah while in Kusheshwar Asthan, the RJD has fielded Ganesh Bharti. For Chirag, the by-polls in both seats would be a test of his strength after the split in the party. While Tarapur falls within Chirag’s own Jamui Lok Sabha constituency, Kusheshwar Asthan is a part of Samastipur which his cousin Prince Raj represents.