Among the closely watched contests in Bihar, Ujiarpur parliamentary constituency that went to polls in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections witnessed sitting BJP MP Nityanand Rai taking on RLSP chief and former Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha.
The counting that began in the 8:00 in the morning, declared sitting BJP MP Nityanand Rai a winner as the counting was completed in the evening against RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha by a margin of 277278 votes
In 2014, Rai defeated Alok Kumar Mehta of the Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) by a margin of 60,000 votes. While Rai is the Bihar Unit chief of the BJP, Kushwaha joined the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan in Bihar after quitting the NDA government at the Centre over seat-sharing. The tough fight in this seat is a prestige battle for both BJP and RLSP. However, Kushwaha is contesting from Ujiarpur for the first time, in addition to his traditional seat of Karakat.
Taking to Twitter, Rai said:
"I am heartily thankful to the voters of Ujiyarpur for then love and support. I will keep this blessing with me and will deliver with all my dedication and I will continue to work for you."
The Bihar Mahagathbandhan comprises Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress, Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP), Hindustan Awam Morcha (HAM) and Vikasshil Insan Party (VIP). On the other side is the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) which comprises Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Janata Dal (United) and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP). The BJP is in alliance with Nitish Kumar led JD(U).