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Bihar Grand Alliance announces seat sharing; fields Tanveer Hasan from Begusarai

RJD will contest 19 seats while Congress will contest on 9 seats. RLSP will contest 5 seats, HAM and VIP 3 seats each while CPI(ML) will contest on 1 seat.


Patna| In Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav has formally announced the candidate names for the upcoming general elections. He also announced the seat-sharing pact between the constituent parties of “Grand Alliance” in a press conference conducted here. Shakti Singh Gohil, Madan Mohan Jha from Congres and Upendra Kushwaha from RLSP along with the other leaders of the alliance were present at this press conference.

Bihar has 40 Lok Sabha seats. RJD will be contesting on 19 seats while Congress will contest on 9 seats. RLSP will contest 5 seats, HAM and VIP 3 seats each while CPI(ML) will contest on 1 seat. Talking to the reporters, Tejashwi Yadav rubbished the reports of rifts in the Grand Alliance. Yadav said, “Mahagathbandhan is unbreakable. It is not the Gathbandhan of parties, but the alliance of people’s hearts.”

Here are the candidates who will contest the Upcoming Lok Sabha election from Bihar:

  •  Sharad Yadav from Madhepura,
  • Abdul Bari Siddiqui from Darbhanga,
  • Raghuvansh Prasad Singh from Vaishali,
  • Surendra Ram from Gopalganj,
  • Bina Sahib from Siwan,
  • Randhir Singh Ji from Maharajganj,
  • Chandrika Roy from Saran,
  • Shivchandra Rai from Hajipur,
  • Misa Bharti from Pataliputra,
  • Surendra Yadav from Jehanabad,
  • Sarfaraz Alam from Araria
  • Arjun Rai from Sitamarhi

RLSP has announced a candidate on one seat. Bhudev Chowdhury will contest from Jamul. Congress has declared three candidates from Kishanganj, Katihar and Purnia. While Tariq Anwar will contest from Katihar, Mohammed Javed and Uday Singh will contest from Kishanganj and Purnia respectively.

Jitan Ram Manzhi’s HAM will contest from Nalanda, Aurangabad and Gaya. VIP will contest from Madhubani, Muzaffarpur and Khagariya while CPI-ML will contest from Arah.

The Grand Alliance has fielded Tanveer Hasan from Begusarai against CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar and BJP candidate Giriraj Singh.

Notably, in the first list of candidate RJD has given a ticket to Chandrika Rai, Father-in-law of Tej Pratap Yadav. Reportedly, Tej Pratap was upset with the party that Chandrika Rai is getting the ticket. However, the Tejashwi Yadav who is running the party in absence of party president Lalu Yadav was in favour of Rai’s candidature. He was also pressing for the candidature of his confidantes Angesh Kumar and Chandra Prakash from Sheohar and Jehanabad, respectively.

However, the party has fielded Surendra Yadav from Jehanabad and the candidate for Sheohar is yet on hold. In the morning, Tej Pratap quit as the mentor of the party’s Student Wing. In a cryptic message on Twitter, he said that those who consider him ignorant or naive are naive themselves. “I am well aware of who is worth what,” he said. His decision was said to have been stemmed from the party’s decision to not consider candidates backed by him.

Lalu Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharati has also been fielded from her traditional constituency of Patliputra. There were speculations about her candidature as her name was missing from the star campaigner list of the party.

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