Bihar Bypolls: BJP Leads Araria After Initial Rounds of Counting

As far as caste equations go, out of the six Assembly segments in Araria, four have a high concentration of either the Yadavs or Muslims, both of whom have been traditional RJD voters, PTI reported.

The RJD is hopeful that its traditional support base, the Muslim-Yadav combine, along with Dalits, which forms a major chunk of the electorate, votes for its candidate. According to PTI, the party is not ready to concede as it now has Mahadalit leader Jitan Ram Manjhi as an ally.

Manjhi, the former chief minister of the state, left the NDA claiming that “faulty” sand mining policy of the Nitish Kumar government had stalled construction activities, thereby adversely affecting Mahadalit and EBC workers.

Manjhi’s Hindustani Awami Morcha-Secular (HAM-S) cut his ties with the NDA and joined the RJD-led Grand Alliance on 28 February.

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