The RJD also declared names of candidates for other seven seats and claimed that its10 candidates, by winning the ongoing council elections, would begin the process of rout of BJP-RSS from Bihar in the assembly elections to be held in September- October. Altogether 24 seats of Bihar legislative council are going to the polls on July 7, and as per the agreement reached between secular allies, the JD(U) and RJD have got 10 seats each while Congress got three and NCP one seat.
Releasing list of the party’s 10 candidates, state RJD president Ram Chandra Purbey said the party has decided to retain its three sitting MLCs, Mishri Lal Yadav (Darbhanga seat), Roma Bharti (Samastipur) and Sanjay Prasad (Munger-Jamui-Lakhisarai-Sheikhpura seat).
Announcing the names of other seven candidates, Purbey said former MLC Kalawati Devi would contest from East Champaran constituency, Dilip Rai (Sitamarhi-Sheohar), Vinod Kumar (Siwan), Subodh Kumar (Vaishali), Vinay Prasad (Aurangabad), Mahanth Satyadev Das (Gopalganj) and Radha Charan Sah (Bhojpur-Buxar).
He said Vinay Prasad and Radha Charan had also contested the 2009 council polls from Aurangabad and Bhojpur-Buxar seats, respectively, and lost the elections by small margins. Vinay, who contested the last elections as an independent candidate, was defeated by a margin of only 95 votes by Ranjan Kumar Singh alias Munna Singh.
“RJD has fielded only 10 candidates as part of the secular alliance, but our national president Lalu Prasad has categorically asked the party workers to treat all the alliance candidates on 24 seats as our own candidates and ensure their victory,” Purbey said.
Flanked by former ministers Shree Bhagwan Singh and the party’s secretary general Mundrika Prasad Yadav, Purbey also said that the criteria of adherence to social justice and secularism was considered while selecting the candidates and people belonging to different sections of the society including women, OBC, Extremely Backward Castes, and Scheduled Castes have been given tickets.
He said Lalu Prasad had asked all senior leaders including MPs and MLAs to remain present during filing of nomination by the alliance candidates. ” Today our Siwan candidate Vinod Kumar filed his papers and all important leaders of JD(U), RJD, Congress and NCP were present there,” Purbey said. RJD’s Aurangabad candidate would file nominations on June 17.
The last date of filing the nominations for the Council polls is June 18 and the counting of votes will be done on July 10.