Patna, April 16: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar filed his nomination papers for the Member of Legislative Council (MLC) elections as Janata Dal (United) candidate on Monday. Others who filed their nominations as party candidates were Rameshwar Mahto and Khalid Anwar. Sushil Modi, Mangal Pandey and Sanjay Paswan filed their papers as BJP candidates.

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The election is scheduled for May 6. While the term of ten members, including Nitish and Modi, expires on May 6, one seat fell vacant after a member was disqualified ahead of the end of his term. Last week, the Rashtriya Janata Dal had announced the names of former chief minister Rabri Devi, Santosh Manjhi, Hindustan Awam Morcha chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, RJD state unit chief Ram Chander Purve and Mohsin Qadir.

Only last month, Jitan Ram Manjhi had left the ruling NDA to join the RJD-led Grand Alliance. He had said it was necessary to strengthen the hands of a secular leader like Lalu Prasad Yadav. Within hours of Manjhi’s move, four Congres leaders had left the party to side with Nitish’s JD(U). They accused the party general secretary C.P. Joshi of treating them as “objects”. Prominent among those who quit was former Bihar Congress chief Ashok Choudhary. “Joshi was pushing me out of the Congress,” Choudhary alleged.

Meanwhile, the Congresss went on to say that Choudhary and his associates had been expelled following their “anti-party activities”.