Cong, RJD spar over seat-sharing for Bihar bypolls
The RJD and the Congress alliance appeared heading for a crisis over bypolls on three seats in Bihar next month with the latter today making claims over the Bhabhua seat even as the Lalu Prasad-led party has said it would contest all these constituencies.
The Grand Alliance disintegrated last year after Nitish Kumar walked out of the grouping over graft charge on his then deputy Tejaswi Yadav. He later joined hands with the BJP to form a coalition government in the state in July 2017.
The RJD and the Congress are still continuing together as rivals of ruling JD(U) and BJP.
Signalling a tiff, Congress Legislature Party leader Sadanand Singh told reporters here, “I would urge the party high command to take a decision in favour of fielding our own candidate from Bhabhua even if the RJD insists on contesting the assembly seat”.
Singh was responding to a query on reports about jailed RJD supremo Lalu Prasad having said in Ranchi that his party was thinking of contesting “all the seats” where bypolls were scheduled next month.
Former BPCC president Ashok Choudhary said, “We must contest the Araria parliamentary constituency which has a sizeable population of the minorities. We are a national party and a …read more