Bihar elections: RJD reveals 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 revealed its candidates for by-elections to Tarapur and Kusheshwar Asthan assembly segments of Bihar, in what is being viewed as a snub to the Congress, its junior ally, which wishes to object to one of the seats.
At a press conference resolved collectively by state RJD president Jagadanand Singh, nationwide general secretary Alok Mehta and state spokesmen Mrityunjay, the names of Arun Kumar Sah and Ganesh Bharti were revealed for Tarapur and Kusheshwar Asthan, respectively.
By-elections to the 2 seats, which were won by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), have actually been required by deaths of the incumbents.
Unlike the NDA, which presented a photo of cohesion two days earlier when leaders of all the constituents collectively revealed the union’s candidates, the RJD, which helms the five-party Grand Alliance, declared candidates without any of the partners by its side.
Kusheshwar Asthan, a reserved seat in Darbhanga district, was contested by the Congress in the assembly surveys in 2015 when it lost the seat by a margin of less than 7,000 votes.
Although the party has so far not come out with any reaction on the development, Congress sources affirmed there were strategies to field Ashok Ram, the candidate in the assembly surveys, or some close member of his household.
RJD sources stated the decision to contest both seats followed the “disappointing” efficiency of the Congress in the assembly seats when it combated 70, won less than 20, and was blamed by all partners for the Grand Alliance disappointing a majority.
On the other hand, the BJP came out with another take on the advancement which is likely to put some stress on the Congress-RJD ties.
“The RJD is jittery over efforts by the Congress to come out of its shadow by inducting individuals like Kanhaiya Kumar,” BJP representative and national general secretary of the celebration’s OBC wing Nikhil Anand stated in a statement.
“The RJD has, by announcing its prospects for both seats, eliminated 2 birds with one stone. It has actually revealed the Congress its place in the state and also anticipated any possibility of Tejashwi and Kanhaiya sharing the phase throughout by-polls,” stated Anand.
Perceived competition between Tejashwi Yadav and Kanhaiya has referred much speculation in political circles of Bihar.
It is widely believed that Yadav is not very uneasy with the former JNU trainee leader, who comes from an upper caste and is understood for his crowd-pulling abilities.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, when Kanhaiya was fielded by the CPI from his home town Begusarai, the RJD had actually nominated one of its veteran leaders Tanveer Hasan, which had actually triggered a split in anti-BJP votes and assisted Union minister Giriraj Singh to win the seat by an incredible margin of over four lakh votes.
It was rumoured that the RJD opted for the relocation since it watched out for Kanhaiya rupturing on the national political scene with an electoral triumph, which would have helped him wash off the taint of the sedition case that was the first event for him to hit headlines.
Both the CPI and Congress are junior partners of the RJD in Bihar. Nevertheless, in the Congress, the fiery young leader is expected to get a much broader direct exposure than it would have been possible in the moribund Left party.
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Released at Sun, 03 Oct 2021 11:30:00 -0500