Chances of a 'mahagathbandhan' of anti-BJP parties before the 2019 general elections gets a boost in Uttar Pradesh.
The Congress also claimed the BJP had "lost" its simple majority in the Lok Sabha.
The outcome is bad news for Chief Minister Kumar whose party candidate Abhiram Sharma was beaten in Jehanabad by more than 35,000 votes by RJD's Suday Yadav.
Bihar BJP chief sparks row by saying if RJD's Sarfaraz Alam wins in Araria LS bypoll, constituency will become ISI hub
In Araria, where Muslims account for 41 per cent of the electorate, RJD candidate Sarfaraz Alam is pitted in a direct contest against BJP’s Pradip Kumar Singh.