RJD retains Maharajganj Lok Sabha seat

Published: 05th June 2013 12:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th June 2013 04:03 PM   |  A+A-

Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) Wednesday suffered a huge jolt when RJD's Prabhunath Singh won the Maharajganj Lok Sabha seat in a by-election by a whopping 137,000 votes.

Prabhunath Singh defeated P.K. Shahi of JD-U, sparking off celebrations in both the constituency and in Patna.

It was the first defeat of the JD-U in a by-election after Nitish Kumar was elected the chief minister in November 2005.

Forty-seven percent of the electorate voted Sunday in the seat, which fell
vacant after the 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
fielded Jitendra Swami, who lost his security deposit.


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