Alam had crossed over from Janata Dal (United) to Lalu Prasad's party to contest the bypoll necessitated by the death of his father and RJD MP Mohammad Taslimuddin on September 17, 2017.
The Samajwadi Party today strengthened its grip over Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats with latest trends showing its candidates establishing sizeable leads over their nearest BJP rivals, indicating a stunning reversal for the state's ruling party.
RJD president Lalu Prasad, now in jail following conviction in fodder scam cases, on Wednesday termed the victory of his party in Bihar bypolls as "victory of truth over falsehood".
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav. Muslims account for over 41 per cent of Araria's electorate.
RJD leaders and workers celebrated across the state by distributing candies and bursting fire crackers.
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"This is the start of Tejashwi era in RJD", a party worker said in Jehanabad, where its nominee Krishna Mohan defeated Abhiram Sharma of the JD (U) by a margin of 35,036 votes.
The JD (U) had also put up its candidate in 2014 elections who finished third behind the BJP.
He did not hesitate in hurling barbs at chief minister Kumar, whom he calls chacha or uncle, for insulting the mandate given to the grand alliance and realigning with the saffron party for personal gains. By 8.50, Sarfaraz Alam took a lead of over 2,000 votes but soon the BJP's Pradeep Kumar Singh surged ahead.
BJP's Rinki Rani Pandey, wife of Anand Bhusan Pandey whose death caused the bypoll, defeated Congress rival Shambhu Singh Patel by about 14,000 votes in Bhabhua. Mr. Alam, quit as a JD (U) MLA from Jokihat and joined RJD to contest the Araria seat where the by-poll was necessitated after death of his father Mohd.
Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said: "No political conclusions should be drawn from these bypolls as voters expressed a natural sympathy for the kin of the deceased leaders who were elected earlier". This very ideology will destroy your arrogance.