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Seat-sharing talks underway, RJD begins campaign

IANS  |  Patna 

Following a green signal from Rashtriya (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, nearly half a dozen likely candidates including former Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, have started campaigning even before the final seat-sharing formula of the opposition has been announced, a senior said.

"Laluji has instructed them to camp in their constituency and start campaigning without waiting for party symbol and final seat sharing," he added.

and -- both known for their closeness to the -- have launched their campaign for the Vaishali and Buxar seats, respectively.

"After Lalu asked and (former MP) to go to their constituencies, both reached out to their party workers and supporters.

"It is clear that they will contest as RJD candidates," the said. Both leaders belong to the powerful Rajput upper caste .

Rashtriya (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, who is in jail after being convicted in three fodder scam cases, will select seats and candidates for his party for the upcoming polls, the party state said

On March 9, state RJD chief had said that would finalise candidates and seats for the polls.

Three of the four sitting RJD MPs -- from Banka, Bulo Mandal from Bhagalpur and from Araria, have also started campaigning after the go ahead by

According to RJD sources, and Hena Shahab, wife of jailed criminal-turned-politician Mohammad Shahabuddin, have also begun campaigning in Jehanabad and Siwan.

Last week was authorised by the party to select seats and party candidates for the Lok Sabha polls that begin on April 11.

will be voting in all the seven phases of the staggered process.

As per the seat-sharing formula of the Grand Alliance, which is likely to be announced on Sunday, the RJD was mostly likely to contest on 17 or 18 of the 40 Lok Sabha seats from

The will follow in at least 11 seats and the remaining will be given to small allies -- (RLSP), Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), (VIP) or even the Left.



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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 15:42 IST