Tejashwi is happy even after defeat in Gopalganj by-election, said- experiment was successful in election result
Patna. Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav said after the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) victory in the Gopalpur assembly seat in Bihar that the election results proved his “experiment” successful. Yadav was indirectly referring to Mohan Gupta, RJD’s candidate from Gopalganj. The party’s candidature of Gupta, who hails from the Vaish community, has made it clear that the party, which has traditionally run on the ‘M-Y’ (Muslim Yadav) equation, is now keen to expand its scope.
Tejashwi Yadav said, ‘The Grand Alliance got 40,000 votes less than the winning BJP candidate in the 2020 assembly elections. This time, despite a wave of sympathy (for the BJP), we reduced the margin of defeat by 2,000 votes. Let the 2024 Lok Sabha elections come, we will make a lead of 20,000 votes in the assembly constituency. The family of RJD President Lalu Prasad belongs to Gopalganj. The seat fell vacant after the death of four-time BJP MLA Subhash Singh and his wife Kusum Devi will now represent the assembly.
Tejashwi Yadav said, “The people of Gopalganj have refuted the BJP’s claim that certain sections of the society have been its loyal voters.” However, the deputy chief minister did not say anything against his maternal aunt Indira Yadav, who contested from Gopalganj on a Bahujan Samaj Party ticket and secured around 9,000 votes. He also did not make any adverse remarks for the Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM party, which has garnered over 12,000 votes in this election and emerged as the single largest party losing the RJD.
Tejashwi Yadav said, ‘I thank people of all castes and religions for reposing faith in us.’ However, the state unit of the Congress targeted Owaisi, MP from Hyderabad and accused him of helping the BJP in Gopalganj. After the disqualification of RJD MLA Anil Sahni from Kurhani assembly, Tejashwi is going to face another exam soon. The AIMIM has also decided to try its luck in the Kurhani assembly by-election. The party’s state president and its lone MLA in the state, Akhtarul Iman, said, “We will definitely fight in Qurhani.”
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FIRST PUBLISHED : November 06, 2022, 21:52 IST