Bihar elections: RJD reveals candidates for both seats, Congress snubbed

Bihar Elections: Rjd Announces Candidates For Both Seats, Congress Snubbed

Image Source: PTI RJD announces candidates for both seats in Bihar by-polls The Rashtriya Janata Dal on Sunday announced its candidates for by-elections to Tarapur and Kusheshwar Asthan assembly segments of Bihar, in what is being seen as a snub to the Congress, its junior ally, which wants to object to among the seats.

At a press conference resolved collectively by state RJD president Jagadanand Singh, nationwide general secretary Alok Mehta and state spokespersons Mrityunjay, the names of Arun Kumar Sah and Ganesh Bharti were revealed for Tarapur and Kusheshwar Asthan, respectively.

By-elections to the two seats, which were won by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), have been demanded by deaths of the incumbents.

Unlike the NDA, which provided a photo of cohesion two days earlier when leaders of all the constituents jointly announced the union’s candidates, the RJD, which helms the five-party Grand Alliance, declared nominees with no of the partners by its side.

Kusheshwar Asthan, a reserved seat in Darbhanga district, was objected to by the Congress in the assembly surveys last year when it lost the seat by a margin of less than 7,000 votes.

Although the celebration has up until now not bring out any response on the advancement, Congress sources verified there were strategies to field Ashok Ram, the candidate in the assembly surveys, or some close member of his family.

RJD sources stated the choice to object to both seats followed the “disappointing” efficiency of the Congress in the assembly seats when it fought 70, won less than 20, and was blamed by all partners for the Grand Alliance disappointing a majority.

Meanwhile, the BJP came out with another take on the advancement which is most likely to put some pressure on the Congress-RJD ties.

“The RJD is tense over attempts by the Congress to come out of its shadow by inducting individuals like Kanhaiya Kumar,” BJP spokesperson and national basic secretary of the party’s OBC wing Nikhil Anand said in a declaration.

“The RJD has, by announcing its candidates for both seats, killed two birds with one stone. It has revealed the Congress its location in the state and likewise obviated any possibility of Tejashwi and Kanhaiya sharing the phase throughout by-polls,” said Anand.

Perceived competition in between Tejashwi Yadav and Kanhaiya has actually been a matter of much speculation in political circles of Bihar.

It is widely believed that Yadav is not really uneasy with the previous JNU student leader, who comes from an upper caste and is understood for his crowd-pulling capabilities.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, when Kanhaiya was fielded by the CPI from his home town Begusarai, the RJD had actually chosen among its veteran leaders Tanveer Hasan, which had caused a split in anti-BJP votes and helped Union minister Giriraj Singh to win the seat by a staggering margin of over four lakh votes.

It was rumoured that the RJD went for the relocation because it was careful of Kanhaiya breaking on the nationwide political scene with an electoral success, which would have helped him clean off the taint of the sedition case that was the very first event for him to hit headings.

Both the CPI and Congress are junior partners of the RJD in Bihar. Nevertheless, in the Congress, the fiery young leader is anticipated to get a much wider exposure than it would have been possible in the moribund Left celebration.

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Published at Sun, 03 Oct 2021 11:30:00 -0500