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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Madhepura, Purnia seats set to be trickiest for opposition alliance

Pappu Yadav has won Madhepura seat twice on RJD ticket, including in 2014, after which he fell out with the party leadership.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Mar 17, 2019 03:16 IST
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The Lok Sabha seats of Purnia and Madhepura are proving to be the most contentious for the opposition’s Grand Alliance.
The Lok Sabha seats of Purnia and Madhepura are proving to be the most contentious for the opposition’s Grand Alliance. (PTI)
         

The Lok Sabha seats of Purnia and Madhepura are proving to be the most contentious for the opposition’s Grand Alliance.

While Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan’s has said that her husband and Madhepura MP Pappu Yadav will be part of the Grand Alliance and its list of candidates to be announced on March 17, Uday Singh alias Pappu Singh, the former MP who left BJP recently, is also a strong contender for a Congress for the same seat.

“Pappu Singh was a Congress leader and with his homecoming, we are really excited,” district Congress president Indu Sinha said.

“His homecoming will help revive and rejuvenate the party not only in Purnia, but also in Seemanchal and Kosi,” Sinha said.

Singh had joined BJP in 2004 and won the Purnia LS seat twice, in 2004 and 2009, for the party.

His mother Madhuri Singh had won Purnia seat in 1980 and 1984 on Congress ticket. However, after that, Pappu Singh fought on Congress ticket but could not win the seat till he joined BJP in 2004.

On the other hand, Pappu Yadav has won Purnia seat thrice, once on SP ticket while twice independently.

If Pappu Yadav is given preference over Singh on Purnia seat, there is likely to be unrest in the Grand Alliance. “We can’t accept Pappu Yadav as our leader Tejaswi Yadav does not like him,” an RJD leader said. “We’ll live and die only for Tejaswiji.”

The situation is similar in Madhepura, where Sharad Yadav is likely to be the GA nominee.

In case Congress decides to field Pappu Yadav on this seat, he cannot expect support from RJD, which has made clear its opposition to his entry into the alliance.

Pappu Yadav has won Madhepura seat twice on RJD ticket, including in 2014, after which he fell out with the party leadership.

“The decision of his quitting RJD had earned him permanent enmity with RJD in general and Lalu Prasad’s family in particular,” political observers say.

However, Shailendra Shekhar, Saharsa district spokesperson of Jan Adhikar Party (JAP), said: “Pappu Yadav will not only contest but also win the Madhepura seat. People of Kosi and Seemanchal love Pappu Yadav more than any leader.”

Speculation is rife that Congress will contest four (Katihar, Kishanganj, Purnia and Supaul) out of the six Lok Sabha seats falling in Kosi and Seemanchal and the RJD is likely to field its nominee on two seats (Araria and Madhepura).

Shard Yadav is believed to contest Madhepura seat on RJD ticket.

First Published: Mar 17, 2019 03:16 IST

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