Lok Sabha Election 2019

All is well in grand alliance, seat share will be announced after Holi, says Tejashwi Yadav

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav during an interview in New Delhi. File Photo.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav during an interview in New Delhi. File Photo.   | Photo Credit: Sushil Kumar Verma

He may announce the seat-sharing on March 22

After hectic parleys among the ‘mahagathbandhan’ (Grand Alliance) constituents for several days, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav said here on Wednesday that the seat-sharing deal would be announced after Holi, most likely on Friday.

“The mahagathbandhan is intact. There is nothing to worry about as everything is fine among us. Seats and constituencies will be announced after Holi,” Mr. Yadav told the media after reaching Patna from Delhi.

Party leaders told The Hindu that he may announce the seat-sharing deal on March 22.

Mr. Yadav was camping in Delhi for the last several days and meeting leaders of the constituent partners to reach a final agreement.

RJD leaders said his talks with Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday night finally broke the stalemate, and the numbers for each alliance partner were settled.

According to party sources, out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the State, RJD will contest in 20, while Congress will get 9. The rest will be distributed among Upendra Kushwaha-led RLSP, Jitan Ram Manjhi-led Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular), Mukesh Sahni-led Vikasheel Insaan Party and Sharad Yadav-led Loktantrik Janata Dal.

Earlier in the day, State Congress president Madan Mohan Jha said Mr. Tejaswhi Yadav has been authorised to announce the seat-sharing details.

In the evening, Mr. Yadav met senior party leaders such as Abdul Bari Siddiqui and Alok Mehta at his residence and discussed the seat-sharing formula. The RJD wanted to field Mr. Siddiqui from Madhubani seat while the Congress proposed to field its senior leader Shakil Ahmad from there. Similarly, Darbhanga was also in dispute as RJD wished to field party leader Mohammed Ali Ashraf Fatmi but Congress wanted Kirti Jha Azad to contest there. Mr. Azad is a sitting BJP MP from Darbhanga but he was earlier suspended from the party for “anti-party activities” and had, recently, joined the Congress.

“Let’s see who gets what...all will be clear after Holi”, said an RJD leader going to meet Mr. Yadav.

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