The Congress and RJD announced candidates to the remaining seats in Bihar on Friday, ironing out differences over seat-sharing to save the Mahagathbandhan. Candidates who made it to the final list include senior RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui, who is the opposition’s face from Darbhanga, and Pappu Yadav’s wife Ranjit Ranjan who has been fielded on a Congress ticket from Supaul.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav announced the seat-sharing pact. “RJD to contest on 19 seats including Bhagalpur, Banka, Madhyapura, and Darbhanga. RLSP (Rashtriya Lok Samta Party) to contest on five seats, Congress to contest on nine seats including Patna Saheb… Sharad Yadav to contest from Madhepura, Sarfraz Alam from Araria and Misa Bharti from Pataliputra,” he said.
Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti to contest from Pataliputra and elder son Tej Pratap Yadav’ father-in-law Chandrika Rai from Saran.Meanwhile, Tej Pratap’s sudden resignation from his post has sparked rumours of an alleged widening rift in the RJD and his discontentment towards his younger brother Tejashwi Yadav’s rise in Bihar politics. Tej Prapat Yadav, is likely to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019 as Independent candidate against father-in-law Chandrika Rai from Saran.
He announced his resignation on Twitter with: “I am stepping down from the post of the patron of RJD students’ wing. Those who think I am naive don’t know that I know everything.” Moments before he had tweeted best wishes to the newly appointed state president of the wing, Gagan Yadav. Later, speaking to Zee News, he hinted at a rift within the family by saying that he had asked Tejashwi for two tickets but didn’t hear from him. He said, “I am willing to sacrifice my life for my people.” He added that patriarch Lalu Yadav should realise that the RJD is because of the public but, he rued, his father doesn’t get to hear many things.