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Bihar: Nitish surging ahead
The normally ebullient Lalu Prasad Yadav has started ruing the fact that he did not go with the Congress in this Lok Sabha elections. Bihar, once his fiefdom, has seen Nitish Kumar’s party the JD (U) and the NDA surging ahead.
THE RAILWAY Minister Lalu Prasad is ruing the fact that he did not go with the Congress in the 15th Lok Sabha elections even before counting was over.
 
The Fourth Front and the Congress are set for a drubbing by Bihar's ruling Nitish Kumar and the NDA. It was leading in 32 of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats. Figures available in the afternoon showed JD (U) was leading in 19 and BJP 13 seats.
 
The RJD supremo and ebullient Union Railway minister Lalu Prasad was fighting a keen contest in Saran Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar but was said to be leading in Patliputra. Interestingly, his ally the LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan, however, was trailing his JD(U) rival and former chief minister Ramsunder Das by about 27,000 votes in Hajipur. Besides Paswan, at least six Union ministers including Shakeel Ahmed of the Congress (Madhubani), and RJD's M A A Fatmi (Darbhanga), Kanti Singh (Karakat), Akhilesh Prasad Singh (East Champaran), Raghunath Jha (Valmikinagar) and Taslimuddin (Kishanganj) were also lagging behind.
 
Union Rural Development minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh of RJD has had set a lead of around 8000 votes over his JD(U) rival Vijay Kumar Shukla alias Munna Shukla in Vaishali by early afternoon.
 
Meanwhile, Meira Kumar of the Congress, Union minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, is ahead in Sasaram. RJD's Union minister of State for Water Resource Development Jaiprakash Narayan Yadav in Banka was also ahead. Television personality and Congress candidate from Patna Saheb Shekhar Suman was behind BJP candidate Shatrughan Sinha earlier in the day.
 
Bihar JD (U) president Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lalan was ahead by over 18,000 votes over his nearest RJD rival Rambadan Rai in the Munger Lok Sabha constituency. Union minister and RJD candidate Raghunath Jha was lagging behind his nearest JD (U) rival Baidyanath Mahato by a margin of over 1500 votes in Bihar's Valmikinagar Lok Sabha constituency. While BJP's Sanjay Jaiswal was ahead of his nearest LJP rival and film director Prakash Jha by over 3500 votes in Bihar's West Champaran Lok Sabha seat.
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