Congress to field two candidates for Council poll

Patna,(BiharTimes): A day after RJD chief Lalu Prasad claimed that there is no differences in the Grand Alliance on the issue of Legislative Council election Congress on Saturday announced to field its candidates on two of the four seats for the Upper House.

As reported RJD and JD(U) have fielded candidates in two seats each leaving none for the Congress.

 The seats are Gaya Graduates, Gaya Teachers, Saran Graduates and Kosi Teachers constituencies.

Only on Friday Lalu declared that the RJD and JD(U) have distributed the four Council seats on 50:50 basis and no Council seat has been left to offer to Congress. He said that the Congress can field its candidate in the future election.

However, the state Congress president Ashok Chaudhary on Saturday said his party would contest Gaya Graduates and Gaya Teachers seats. He said former MLC Ajay Kumar Singh, who remained runner-up in the last Council polls held in 2011, would be Congress candidate from Gaya Graduates seat. RJD has already put up Puneet Singh from here against the BJP’s Awadesh Narayan Singh, the chairman of the Upper House. Puneet is the son of Jagdanand Singh, former RJD minister and close associate of Lalu.

 Former Buxar MLA Hridaya Narayan Singh Yadav would be the Congress candidate from Gaya Teachers’ constituency, Chaudhary said adding both the Congress candidates would file their nomination papers at Gaya divisional commissioners’ office on February 20, the last date for filing nomination papers.

The other RJD candidate is Dinesh Kumar Yadav, a teacher of Jehanabad district. He would contest from Gaya Teachers seat.

Chaudhary said the Congress always wanted to have a dialogue with allies RJD and JD(U), but it could not happen.







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