RJD and Congress divided over candidates excluding Bihar
The RJD announced its candidates even as Congress claimed Kusheshwar Asthan
With opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) announcing on Sunday the names of two party candidates for the two polls in Bihar in the absence of leaders of mahagathbandhan (grand alliance), the rift between Congress and the RJD first emerged after the 2020 parliamentary elections. The Congress party had earlier announced that it would contest a seat in Kusheshwar Asthan, which it had been awarded in 2020.
Legislative elections are scheduled to take place on October 30.
RJD State President Jagdanand Singh announced on Sunday the names of longtime activists Ganesh Bharti and Arun Kumar Shah for the respective seats in Kusheswar Asthan and Tarapur. However, no Congressional leader or other alliance partner of mahagathbandhan were present during Mr. Singh’s announcement.
“I do not know if the leadership of our party has been consulted on the issue of candidates for indirect elections,” said senior state congressman and deputy for Rajya Sabha, Akhilesh Singh. State party spokesman Asit Nath Tiwari told media: “The RJD has announced the names of its own candidates, but the Congress Party, I believe, has not been consulted on the matter. Let’s wait a bit and everything will clear up ”.
RJD leader and party spokesman Mrityunjay Tiwari, however, said: “Senior leaders of both parties must be consulted and only after the names of two candidates have been announced for the incidental ballot. These two candidates are from the RJD but they have the support of mahagathbandhan.
Recently, former leader of the Communist Party of India (ICC) from Bihar Kanhaiya Kumar joined Congress and the buzz in political circles in the state has been that this move may not have been welcomed among the allies. mahagathbandhan.
Mr Kumar lost the parliamentary ballot in 2019 in a high-profile contest from the Begusarai seat against Giriraj Singh of the BJP. The state’s congressional leaders had said that with Mr. Kumar’s entry, the party would be “strengthened” in Bihar. However, RJD leaders have refrained from any direct comment on his entry into the Congress party.
Earlier, the JD (U) announced the names of Aman Bhushan Hazari, son of former party MP Sashibhushan Hazari and Rajiv Kumar Singh for the seats in Kusherwar Asthan and Tarapur, which became vacant after the death of JD deputies (U) Sashibhushan Hazari and Mewalal. Choudhury.
Congress claimed the seat of Kusheshwar Asthan as its party leader Ashok Kumar ran for office and was beaten in the seat by a margin of more than 7,000 votes in the 2020 parliamentary elections.
Results on both seats will be announced on November 2.
In the 243-seat Assembly, JD (U) has 43 seats, BJP-74, RJD-75, Congress 19, and left-wing parties 16 seats. Small parties like the Vikashil Insaan Party and the Hindustani Awam Morcha (secular) each have four seats in their kitty. The BJP’s share of the vote was 19.5%, while RJD had 23.1%, JD (U) 15.4% and Congress 9.5%.