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Bihar MLA Sarfaraz quits JD-U contest Araria LS bypoll on RJD ticket

IANS  |  Patna 

Ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Saturday resigned from the party, which some believe is a setback to ahead of the bypoll next month.

Alam is the from Jokihat in district of and considered to be an aspirant to contest bypoll that was vacated following the death of his father Mohammad Taslimuddin, a Rashtriya (RJD) MP.

Soon after he resigned from the JD-U, Alam met Rabri Devi, former and wife of at her official residence 10, Circular Road here.

However, after meeting her, Alam said it was just a courtesy call and there was nothing more to it.

"It is certain thatb I will contest Araria bypoll but people of the constituency will decide from which party I will contest," Alam told the media.

He said he resigned due to pressure from people. "I have acted in line with the sentiments of people of my constituency."

However, soon after Alam resigned from the JD-U, of opposition in his tweet said one more of had resigned and that more may follow the suit.

On the other hand, said Alam's resignation was not at all a setback for the party.

According to leaders close to Alam, the ally will contest Araria bypoll and JD-U does not have guts to challenge it.

"Araria has been a stronghold of Sarfaraz's father Taslimuddin for over three decades. He will have to contest the bypoll to protect his father political legacy. RJD has offered him his father's seat," a

In 2016, Alam hit the headlines as he was suspended from the JD-U for allegedly misbehaving with a couple on a running train. Later, he was even arrested but released on bail.



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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 17:20 IST