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LS polls: CPI-ML eyeing Yadav-dominated Patliputra seat

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

The (Marxist Leninst) is keen on fielding candidates in at least six seats in in the next polls, including Yadav-dominated Patliputra seat, which was unsuccessfully contested by and his daughter in the past.

CPI-ML is an important component of the combined Left force in and enjoys considerable amount of grassroot support particularly in central part of the state.

"In the previous polls we had contested 23 seats. Our Left partners CPI and CPI(M) had contested the elections in alliance with Nitish Kumar's JD(U). This time things are different and the Left Front will fight unitedly. So we have decided to scale down and settle for about six to eight seats", CPI(ML) told

"Among the seats which we have identified for our party are Ara, Karakat, Jehanabad and Pataliputra in central and Siwan and in north Bihar. We have expressed our desire to fight these states with our Left partners though a formal discussion with RJD is yet to take place", he said.

Although not a part of the "Mahagathbandhan" which comprises RJD, and (HAM), the Left Front is expected to have a pre-poll understanding with the alliance in the run up to the polls to take on the NDA having BJP and JD(U) together.

Comprising a large part of rural Patna, Pataliputra seat was carved out of old constituency after delimitation of 2008 and in the Lok Sabha polls held the following year RJD supremo lost it to former confidant Ranjan Yadav, who was the JD(U) nominee.

Five years later, made an unsuccessful debut as she was defeated by yet another former aide of Prasad - who won the seat riding the Narendra Modi wave and ended up getting a ministerial berth.

While Prasad stands disqualified from contesting elections following his conviction in a number of fodder scam cases, Bharti has got elected to the Rajya Sabha.

With Yadavs constituting a big chunk of voters in Pataliputra, the seat has been a favourite constituency for the RJD.

Asked about the RJD's stand with respect to Pataliputra in the next parliamentary polls, said, "Decisions on seat-sharing would be taken by the top leaders of the partner parties at an appropriate time".

He, however, said Pataliputra has always been a "swabhabik" (natural) seat for the RJD.

"had drawn a lot of support from people in the last election though she had lost it by a small margin," he told

Kunal, however, said, "It is not without reason that we are thinking of fielding our candidate from Pataliputra. We have a very strong presence in two out of six assembly segments there - Paliganj and Masaurhi".

CPI-ML candidate had bagged 51,623 votes in the 2014 on the seat.

"We would insist that any understanding with non-Left parties must be based on a respectable share for the Left Front", said.

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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 13:05 IST