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Cong leader to file nomination papers from Madhubani; insists

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Senior on Monday announced that he will be filing his nomination papers from Lok Sabha seat, which he has represented twice and which has gone to alliance partner VIkassheel Insaan Party (VIP), a fledgling outfit, which came into being barely six months ago.

He claimed that the party was not averse to his entering the fray on the seat.

I will be filing my nomination papers from on Tuesday, April 16. I have urged the party leadership to consider two alternatives. One is a friendly fight on the symbol. The other is that I contest as an Independent with the partys support, Ahmed told over phone from

The party is not averse to my entering the fray. I have spoken to AICC in-charge Shaktisinh Gohil, who told me that my wish has been conveyed to Rahul Gandhi, who will take a call after due consideration. I have pointed out to the party leadership that we are witnessing friendly fights in two constituencies one each in and where allies have put up candidates despite the being in the fray, he said.

In Chatra (Jharkhand), the RJD has fielded its candidate though we have our nominee in the fray. On the other hand in Supaul, our sitting is seeking re-election though a local RJD has also jumped into the contest with the support of the party. We can have similar friendly fights in Madhubani where there is tremendous pressure on me from the people to contest, Ahmed, who had won the seat in 1998 and again in 2004, said.

The former Union had, however, lost the seat to BJPs Hukumdeo in 2009 and in the last Lok Sabha polls the seat went to the RJD, which fielded its senior Abdul Bari Siddiqui, who failed to wrest the seat from the BJP.

The son of Yadav, Ashok Yadav, is in the fray this time from the seat as the veteran has announced retirement from active Siddiqui has moved to Darbhanga, a seat for which the Congress had bargained hard as it wanted to field former test Kirti Azad, who was inducted into the party with much fanfare by himself.

However, the claim of RJD the largest constituent of the in ultimately prevailed and Congress had to contend with settling for Azad contesting from in Jharkhand, giving up Darbhanga, which he currently represents and had also won as a BJP candidate five years ago.

The VIP, founded and headed by Bollywood set designer-turned-politician Mukesh Sahni, has got three seats out of the 40 in and it has fielded former RJD leader as its candidate from Madhubani.

The Congress got nine constituencies as per the seat-sharing arrangements, while the RJD has 20 out of which it has forgone Ara in favor of the CPI(ML), which has returned the favor by announcing that the ultra-Left outfit would not field its candidate from Pataliputra, which would be contested by Lalu Prasads eldest daughter

Besides, Upendra Kushwahas RLSP is contesting five seats and Jitan HAM is fighting three.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 14:45 IST