RJD nominates Premchand Gupta for RS poll
Main opposition in Bihar, RJD on Thursday renominated Union Minister for company affairs Premchand Gupta for the March 26 Rajya Sabha elections in the state, and struck a truce with Ramvilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party by promising support to its candidate in the polls.
Party Chief and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad cleared the name of Gupta for the Rajya Sabha and sitting MLCs Badshah Prasad Azad and Tanvir Hasan for the legislative council polls, state RJD president Abdul Bari Siddiqui told PTI.
Though Hasan is a JD(U) member in the legislative council, he had been hobnobbing with RJD for over a couple of years now and was even attending its meetings.
State RJD President Siddiqui also said the party would extend support to Sabir Ali, fielded by LJP for RS poll.
Ruling JD(U) yesterday nominated its national spokesman Shivanand Tiwari and former deputy chairman of the State Planning Board N K Singh for Rajya Sabha and Ramdhani Singh, Satish Prasad, Hira Bind and Haroon Rashid for legislative council.
It also proposed Mohd Ejaz Ali, leader of the Backward Muslim Morcha and son-in-law of former assembly speaker late Gulam Sarwar for by-election to the lone RS seat from Bihar necessitated by the death of RJD member Motiur Rehman.
The BJP has fielded former Union Health Minister C P Thakur for RS denying ticket to Shatrughan Sinha and renominated Giriraj Singh and Kameshwar Chaupal for the Council.
Congress sources said, the party would announce the name of its candidate for the council late this evening.
Polling will be held for five seats of the Rajya Sabha and nine of the legislative council on March 26. Simultaneous polling will be held for the by-poll for one RS seat.