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Bihar: RJD strategises to compromise traditional seats to allies

By Prakash Kadia
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PatnaNumerical strength of Mahagathbanddhan is on the rise, this may give relief to opposition camp in Bihar but the process of seat sharing has become a more complex and tedious task. Rashtriya Janata Da (RJD) may have to compromise its traditional seats like Gaya, Madhepura, Karakat, Jhanjarpur and Patna Sahib.

Presently, RJD is brainstorming to share seats and satisfy Upendra Kushwaha of RLSP, Jitan Ram Manjhi of HAM, Sharad Yadav and Mukesh Sahni of Vikasheel Insaf Party (VIP). There are also talks of accommodating wife of Anand Mohan, Lovely Anand. Even rebel leaders of the BJP, Shatrughan Sinha and Kirti Azad will be taken on board for inclusion in the grand alliance.

It is said that RJD may leave its traditional seats Karakat and Ujiyarpur for Upendra Kushwaha’s RLSP and for this RJD is on foot to convince its leader Kaanti Singh who last year contested from Karakat seat and lost to Upendra Kushwaha. On the other hand, RJD may also leave East Champaran for constituents of Mahagathbandhan. Last time from this seat, Lalu Yadav’s close aide, Binod Kumar Srivastava lost to Radha Mohan Singh of the BJP with a margin of more than 1,92,163 votes.

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Madhepura may be handed over to Sharad Yadav who dumped Nitish’s JD-U. Pappu Yadav the then RJD candidate from defeated Sharad Yadav but before 2015 state assembly elections, he was expelled from the party, thereafter he floated Jan Adhikar Party.

Gaya Lok Sabha seat is also in the same line up of compromise which is expected to go in hands HAM’s of Jitan Ram Manjhi.

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Discussions on Darbhanga parliamentary seat is also on cards. In 2014, RJD’s Ali Ashraf Fatmi fought against Kirti Azad of BJP and lost with a margin of 35,043 votes but this time RJD may fail to put the candidate for sake of partners of Mahagathbandhan. As Kirti Azad remains suspended so he can’t be an option for BJP and on the other hand, without taking any name he also signaled about offers from other political parties for candidature from this particular seat.