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Ram Kripal Yadav, Misa Bharti file nominations for Pataliputra

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Yadav and Lalu Prasad's eldest daughter on Thursday filed their nominations for the seat.

A former confidant of Prasad, Yadav had quit the RJD and joined the ahead of the 2014 polls in which he defeated Bharti by a margin of less than 40,000 votes.

Yadav was accompanied by a number of senior leaders, including Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is the party candidate in the adjoining Sahib constituency.

Bharti, who is a sitting member of the Rajya Sabha, was accompanied by her mother who carried a photograph of her husband, who is serving sentences in fodder scam cases - and brother

RJD heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav, the younger of Prasad's two sons, was conspicuous by his absence, though party sources claimed he was busy in election campaign.

There had been speculations that Yadav wanted MLA Bhai Virendra to contest from the seat.

The constituency goes to polls in the seventh and final phase of on May 19.

Altogether 49 candidates filed their nominations for the eight Lok Sabha seats that go to polls in the seventh phase, according to the

Prominent among them were former and RLSP chief (Karakat), sitting MP Chhedi Paswan (Sasaram) and CPI(ML) candidate (Ara). Other seats that go to polls in the final phase are Buxar, Nalanda and Jehanabad.

Notably, the RJD and the CPI(ML) are supporting each other''s candidates in and Ara, respectively. This has bolstered the prospects of Misa Bharti, while bringing debutant in a straight contest with sitting MP and Union minister

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First Published: Thu, April 25 2019. 22:55 IST