Bihar Bypolls RJD announces Tarapur Kusheshwar Asthan assembly seats candidates


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RJD has announced the candidates for both the seats of Bihar by-elections

The Rashtriya Janata Dal on Sunday announced its candidates for the by-elections to Bihar’s Tarapur and Kusheshwar Asthan assembly constituencies, seen as a setback by the Congress, its junior ally, which wants to contest from one seat. is going

In a press conference jointly addressed by State Rashtriya Janata Dal President Jagdanand Singh, National General Secretary Alok Mehta and State Spokesperson Mritunje, the names of Arun Kumar Sah and Ganesh Bharti were announced for the Tarapur and Kusheshwar shrines respectively.

By-elections to two seats won by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (U) have become necessary due to the deaths of incumbents.

Unlike the NDA, which presented an image of unity two days ago when leaders from all constituencies jointly announced the alliance candidates, the RJD, which leads the five-party grand alliance, went without a partner. Announced their candidates.

Kusheshwar Asthana, a reserved seat in Darbhanga district, was contested by the Congress in the assembly elections last year when it lost the seat by a margin of less than 7,000 votes.

Although the party is yet to react to the development, Congress sources have confirmed that there are plans to field candidate Ashok Ram or a close member of his family in the assembly polls.

RJD sources said the decision to contest the two seats was taken after the Congress’ “disappointing” performance in the assembly seats when it contested 70 seats, won less than 20, and the grand alliance was given less than a majority by all partners. held responsible for being

Meanwhile, the BJP took another step in a development that is likely to put some strain on the Congress-RJD relationship.

BJP spokesperson and national general secretary of the party’s OBC wing, Nikhil Anand, said in a statement, “The Rashtriya Janata Dal is alarmed by the Congress’ attempts to come out of its shadow by including people like Kanhaiya Kumar.

“The RJD, by announcing its candidates for both the seats, has killed two birds with one stone. It has shown the Congress its place in the state and also clarified any possibility of Tejashwi and Kanhaiya sharing the dais during the by-elections,” Anand said.

The alleged rivalry between Tejashwi Yadav and Kanhaiya has been the subject of much speculation in the political circles of Bihar.

It is widely believed that Yadav is not too uncomfortable with the former JNU student leader, who belongs to an upper caste and is known for his ability to draw crowds.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, when Kanhaiya was fielded by the CPI from his home town Begusarai, the RJD fielded one of its stalwarts, Tanveer Hasan, which split the anti-BJP vote and Union Minister Giriraj Singh was helped to win. He won this seat with a huge margin of more than four lakh votes.

It was rumored that the Rashtriya Janata Dal had taken this step because it was wary of Kanhaiya bursting onto the national political scene with an election victory, which would help him wash away the stain of the sedition case that would bring him into the limelight. It was the first opportunity. .

Both the CPI and the Congress are junior partners of the Rashtriya Janata Dal in Bihar. However, in the Congress, the youth leader is expected to get a much wider exposure than would have been possible in a Left party.

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