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JD(U) not to contest any seat in Bihar bypolls

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

The ruling (United) in today announced that it would not field its candidates from any of the three seats where bypolls are scheduled to be held next month.

The bypolls are scheduled to be held to one Lok Sabha and two Assembly seats.

"has announced that we will not be taking part in the bypolls to the Araria Lok Sabha seat and seats," a senior JD(U) leader said.

The bypoll in Araria was necessitated by the death of MP The BJP had finished second in the seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, closely followed by the JD (U), which had contested the parliamentary polls separately.

The Jahanabad seat has fallen vacant after the death of MLA Mundrika Yadav. The JD(U) had fought the 2015 Assembly polls in alliance with the and the

The party is now an NDA constituent.

In Bhabhua, the bypoll has been necessitated following the demise of BJP MLA

Meanwhile, RJD leader took potshots at JD (U) Nitish Kumar, saying, "The decision not to contest any seat in the bypolls is indicative of the chief minister's capitulation before the BJP."

"It is just a matter of time before decides to merge his party with the BJP and conveniently settle down for a gubernatorial assignment. JD(U) MLAs, though, would be left in the lurch," he tweeted.

Kumar had walked out of the last year, following corruption cases against Tejashwi Yadav, who was then the deputy

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 22:40 IST