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Congress should have contested at least 12 seats in Bihar: Shakeel

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Shakeel Ahmad, suspended by the for contesting the elections as an Independent from Madhubani, has said the partys action against him was harsh and that he contested the polls as the candidate of the was "weak" to defeat the BJP.

He also said that the Congress, which is contesting nine of the 40 seats in Bihar, should have contested at least 12 seats in the state as part of the alliance. "got less seats. It should have got at least 12 seats. It led to demoralisation in Congress," Ahmad told IANS in an interview.

He also alleged that "people brought from outside" were given tickets on some seats.

Ahmad said the sole purpose of the alliance was to defeat the BJP, but in the ticket was given to a weak candidate of a new party. "The candidate who was put up by a totally new party was too weak to contest against the BJP. So I decided to contest independently," he said.

Ahmad, a former from Madhubani, said that he had information that the state leaders who were negotiating with the did not seek this seat "under the influence of an RJD leader". However, Congress tried at the eleventh hour to get the seat for the party but it was too late by then.

Ahmad also said that he was suspended, not expelled, from the party and that he had not left the Congress. "I was in Congress, I am in Congress and I will remain in Congress throughout my life," he said.

Ahmad also said that the RJD had put up a candidate in Chatra in against the common candidate of the alliance in the state.

He said he had requested the party that he should be given the party symbol or its support to fight as an Independent. "I did not get support and was suspended on the eve of the polling day," Ahmad said.

He also said the party had a right to take action. "But in these circumstances, when other partners of the alliance are openly going against the alliance ethos and putting up candidates directly and indirectly, it looks harsh. And that too on the eve of polling day," he said.

Asked if the suspension had damaged his prospects, he said there was a mixed response.

"It had a little bit of demoralising effect on my well-wishers, but it was reported in the media that it was done under pressure from (RJD leader) Tejashwi Yadav. So certain sections of the society became sympathetic towards me," he said.

Asked about his chances of winning, Ahmad said he was not in the habit of making tall claims. "All I can say at this juncture is that I am in the contest," he said.

The Congress is contesting the polls in as part of the which includes the RJD and the (VIP), among others.

In Madhubani, the candidate is of the fledgling VIP.



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First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 17:36 IST