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Bihar Grand Alliance to announce candidates on Sunday: Cong

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

The opposition "Mahagathbandhan" (Grand Alliance) in will announce its candidates for the 40 seats in the state on Sunday, a senior said here on Thursday.

campaign committee Akhilesh Prasad Singh, however, did not reveal how many seats the respective constituents of the grouping are going to get.

"Our talks were held in New Top leaders of the and alliance partners were present. and HAM Jitan were there. Things are falling in place well. We will announce our candidates on March 17," Singh told reporters.

Singh dismissed reports that the was sore over not getting a "respectable" share of seats and that was why he returned to the city a day ahead of schedule.

The Congress and Manjhi were in the same flight to reach here from

It was speculated that Singh was rushed to by the Congress high command to assuage Manjhi who has been blowing hot and cold for quite some time over the number of constituencies he wanted for his party.

"Nobody is angry. All have been taken on board and things are being settled amicably. All constituents will fight as a team and we will win all the 40 seats in the state," Singh asserted.

He also dismissed reports that former Bollywood set designer Mukesh Sahni, whose is the latest entrant into the "Mahagathbandhan", was unhappy at being reportedly sidelined in the seat-sharing arrangements.

"When the seats are announced, you will see for yourself that nobody has been left behind," Singh said.

Meanwhile, when reporters approached Manjhi with queries, he said with a smile: "There is no anger or dissatisfaction. We will work together to ensure the defeat of the BJP-led NDA."

The former has convened a meeting of the parliamentary board of his party, which was founded in 2015 after he quit the JD(U) after being forced to step down and pave way for the return of

Manjhi's son Santosh, also the HAM's national general secretary, issued a statement attacking JD(U) RCP Singh for his statement that there was "no entry" in the NDA for the former Bihar who had quit the BJP-led coalition a year ago.

"(RCP) Singh is talking rubbish. Nobody is interested in returning to the NDA. The JD(U) leader was once considered the number two in the party. Now he should worry about the diminution of his own stature following the entry of Prashant Kishor," said.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 23:40 IST