Rashtriya Janata Dal chief, Tejashwi Yadav has announced the list of candidates for 19 seats in Bihar. RJD, which is in Mahagathbandhan with Congress, Upendra Kushwaha’s RLSP and Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM, withheld the candidate announcement for Seohar seat.
Tanweer Hasan will contest on an RJD ticket from Begusarai Lok Sabha seat. CPI has fielded former JNU Student Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar from the seat. BJP has fielded Union Minister Giriraj Singh from the seat. Giriraj Singh and Kanhaiya Kumar have already hit the election campaign trail in Begusarai. Sharad Yadav will contest from Madhepura while Misa Bharti, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter and Tejashwi’s sister will contest from the Patliputra Lok Sabha constituency.
Jai Prakash Yadav, a close Lalu Prasad aide will take on Putul Kumari (Independent) in Banka. JDU has fielded Giridhari Yadav from the seat. RJD has fielded Bulo Mandal from Bhagalpur Lok Sabha seat. Chandrika Rai will contest on an RJD ticket from Saran Lok Sabha seat.
RJD has fielded Vibha Devi from Nawada seat. Vibha Devi is the wife of former RJD MLA, Rajballabh Yadav, who is a convict in a rape case.
Mahagathbandhan’s other partner, Congress also released its candidate's list in Bihar. Ranjeet Ranjan, the current MP, will stand for re-election from Supaul. However, the big name in Congress party’s list today is Neelam Devi from Munger Lok Sabha seat. Neelam Devi is the wife of Baahubali Don of Mokama, Anant Singh alias “Chotey Sarkar”. Anant Singh is facing several criminal charges against him but influences many seats in the region. Singh’s influence in the region, especially in his Bhumihar community, makes him an indispensable force.
Here’s the complete list of Mahagathbandhan candidates in Bihar:
Bihar mahagathbandhan releases seat-sharing agreement for 40 Lok Sabha seats. RJD to contest on 19 seats, Congress on 9 seats, RLSP on 5 seats, HAM(S) on 3 seats, VIP on 3 seats and CPI(ML) on 1 seat. pic.twitter.com/leJ9DhHUGS— ANI (@ANI) March 29, 2019
Election in Bihar will be held in all 7 phases with first phase beginning on April 11. Polling will finally end on May 19 and results will be counted on May 23.