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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: RJD rebel may swing Buxar for BJP

Ram Chandra Yadav, a former RJD MLA, has filed nomination as an Independent candidate from the Buxar Lok Sabha seat. His candidature is likely to help sitting BJP MP and candidate Ashwini Kuamr Choubey.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: May 01, 2019 16:07 IST
Prasun Mishra
Prasun Mishra
Hindustan Times, Buxar
Union Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey is the BJP candidate from  Buxar constituency.
Union Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey is the BJP candidate from Buxar constituency. (PTI)
         

In a jolt to the RJD, one of its former MLAs, Ram Chandra Yadav, has filed nomination as an Independent from Buxar Lok Sabha constituency, a move that may hurt the prospects of the party’s official nominee Jagadanand Singh, who is pitted against union minister and sitting BJP MP Ashwini Kumar Choubey. The constituency goes to polls in the seventh phase on May 19.

Ram Chandra Yadav, who was elected MLA from Bhabua in 2005 on BSP ticket, is considered close to Madhepura MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, who is pitted against RJD candidate Sharad Yadav in Madhepura as an Independent this time.

Yadav, who filed his nomination on the last day on Monday, said, “Laluji was our leader, is our leader and will remain our leader, but we can no longer tolerate dictatorship of Jagadanand Singh who has immensely damaged the party in the region.”

“I was waiting for Dadan Pahalwan to file nomination. When he didn’t, I thought it proper to fight against Singh,” Yadav said.

Denying reports that Pappu Yadav is behind his nomination, Yadav said, “Pappu Yadav is my political mentor, but this is my own decision.”

Supporters of Pappu Yadav, Dadan Singh Yadav alias Dadan Pahalwan and former RJD MLA Ajit Chaudhary were seen with the rebel candidate when he filed his nomination. “I have blessings of Pappu Yadav, Dadan Pahalwan and Ajit Choudhary,” Yadav said, adding that he was confident of his victory.

Pappu Yadav and his wife Ranjeet Ranjan had won Madhepura and Supaul Lok Sabha on RJD and Congress tickets, respectively, in 2014 despite a strong Modi wave. This time, Pappu Yadav was denied RJD ticket from Madhepra, after which he filed nomination as an Independent.

His wife Ranjeet Ranjan, who is in the fray from Supaul again on a Congress ticket, is said to be facing stiff resistance from RJD workers who were demanding Pappu Yadav to withdraw from Madhepura.

While observers say Ram Chandra Yadav’s entry into the Buxar fray may harm the RJD nominee, Shesh Nath Singh Yadav, the party’s district unit president, dismissed such fears. BJP’S Ashwini Choubey, union minister and sitting MP, is again pitted against RJD’S Jagadanand Singh “Lalu ji is the leader of poor people, and not Pappu Yadav, Dadan Pahalwan, Ajit Chaudhary and Buxar Ram Chandra. These people are supporting BJP for their vested interests,” he said.

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