On Wednesday, two sons of RJD chief Lalu Prasad while following their father’s footstep entered the electoral politics when their names were released by CM Nitish Kumar for the ensuing five-phase assembly polls in starting next month.
Tejaswi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav will contest from Yadav-dominated Raghopur and Mahua seats respectively as per the list of candidates for the coalition list announced by Kumar.
Mahua MLA Ravindra Rai, apprehending the reverse, has joined HAM (S) and is nominated by HAM while at Raghopur, along with Satish Kumar, who had defeated Rabri Devi in last election, this time has joined BJP which has fielded him from the seat.
Subedar Singh has been chosen from RJD against Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM-S) leader and former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi at Makhdumpur (SC).
The Speaker of outgoing assembly at Imamganj (SC), Uday Narayan Chaudhary has been retained to take on former Bihar CM who is contesting from two seats.
In this election at least 25 women candidates have been given tickets from the party forming 10 per cent of the total election seats.
RJD and JD(U) as per seat sharing are contesting for 101 seats each while Congress on 41 seats. CM said name of the candidate for Rajgir (SC) seat would be declared later.
Replying to media on JD(U) relying on its core support base in Kushwaha and Kurmi castes, RJD tilt is towards Muslims and backward Yadav caste while Congress nominees were mainly from general section, Kumar said, “each party has its area of influence and this has been kept in mind to help others’ candidates.”