Patna: The mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) in Bihar announced on Friday its seat-sharing arrangement for the Lok Sabha elections. Out of the 40 seats, the RJD is contesting in 20 seats, Congress in nine and Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party in five. (Catch LIVE Updates of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Here)
Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) and Mukesh Sahni’s Vikassheel Insaan Party get three seats each.
The Communist Party of India (M-L) is getting one seat from the RJD’s share.
The alliance also announced names of mahagathbandhan candidates to contest the first phase poll on April 11 on four seats in Bihar.
Former chief minister and HAM(S) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi will be contesting from Gaya while RLSP candidate Bhudeo Chaudhury has been fielded from Jamui. HAM(S) leader Upendra Prasad will contest from Aurangabad and RJD’s Veebha Devi from Nawada.
The announcement was made by RJD’s Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Jha.
The Mahagathbandhan leaders had a marathon meeting at the residence of former CM Rabri Devi, reported a leading daily. Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav too was present in the meeting.
The report also said that Sharad Yadav is likely to contest the Lok Sabha poll on RJD ticket and would merge his party with the RJD after the elections.
Meanwhile, supporters of senior state Congress leader Nikhil Kumar, who had represented Aurangabad parliamentary seat, staged a protest after the seat-sharing arrangement was announced.
“The Aurangabad seat has gone to HAM (S) under seat-sharing arrangement… we’ll protest this move everywhere in the state,” the protesters said, blaming the state Congress president for the ‘mischief’.
Meanwhile, the ruling NDA, which comprises BJP, JD(U) and LJP, is likely to announce its list of candidates on Saturday.