Lok Sabha Election 2019

Mahagathbandhan stands united, says Tejashwi Yadav

Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav announces the grand alliance's candidates list for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019, in Patna, Friday, March 29, 2019. Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) president and former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi (left) is also seen.

Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav announces the grand alliance's candidates list for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019, in Patna, Friday, March 29, 2019. Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) president and former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi (left) is also seen.   | Photo Credit: Ranjeet Kumar

Releases new candidates’ list; Misa Bharti, eldest daughter of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, to contest from Patliputra.

The mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) in Bihar on Friday announced candidates for most of the Lok Sabha constituencies it is contesting in the State.

Addressing a press conference, Tejashwi Yadav, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, claimed the alliance was solidly united as it was an “alliance of people’s hearts.”

Misa Bharti, eldest daughter of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, is contesting from Pataliputra, while Chandrika Rai, father-in-law of Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav, is contesting from Saran. The alliance has left the Ara seat for CPI (ML) which has fielded Raju Yadav. The candidate for Sheohar under the RJD quota and Madhubani for the Vikasheel Insaan Party will be announced later, said Mr. Yadav.

With this list, candidates for all 19 seats of the 20 the RJD will be contesting have been announced.

The Congress is contesting in nine seats. So far it has declared candidates for seven seats. “The party will announce the names of candidates for Patna Sahib and Valmikinagar later,” said Mr. Tejashwi. From Patna Sahib, rebel BJP MP and former Bollywood star Shatrughan Sinha is expected to contest, against BJP’s Ravi Shankar Prasad. Mr. Sinha is likely to join the Congress on April 6.

“Similarly, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party which is contesting in five seats will announce the candidates later,” Mr. Tejashwi said.

The RLSP president Upendra Kushwaha was not present at the press meet, but, his party representative participated. Similarly, no senior State Congress leaders were present. “As you all know all senior State Congress leaders are in Delhi now,” Mr. Tejashwi said.

Former Chief Minister and leader of the Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) Jitan Ram Manjhi and Vikasheel Insaan Party chief Mukesh Sahni, though, attended the press meet. The HAM(S) is contesting in three seats — Gaya (Jitan Ram Manjhi), Nalanda (Ashok Kumar Azad Chandravanshi) and Aurangabad (Upendra Prasad) — while the VIP is also contesting in three — Muzaffarpur (Dr. Rajbhushan Chaudhury Nishad), Khagaria (Mukesh Sahni) and Madhubani for which the party will announce the candidate later. It is said the Congress too has staked claim on Madhubani for its senior party leader Shakeel Ahmad and the party could swap its Valmikinagar seat with VIP for Madhubani.

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