Cong to contest 2 out of 5 assembly seats in Bihar2 min read
Patna: Congress is gearing up to field its candidates in two of the state’s five assembly constituencies that will go to the polls simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections.
In its report to the central party leadership on the five assembly constituencies, the state Congress has pleaded that the party should stake claim on Baisi and Chiraiya seats during seat-sharing negotiations with RJD. The claim is natural because the party candidates had fared quite well in the two assembly constituencies in the 2010 assembly election, the report said.
The byelection is also being held in Maharajganj, Sahebpur Kamal and Kochadhaman assembly constituencies.
“We are also interested in contesting from Sahebpur Kamal and Kochadhaman, but we have natural claim on Baisi and Chiraiya. Congress candidates from Baisi Jahidur Rehman and Manoj Singh from Chiraiya had got around 30,000 and 20,000 votes respectively in the 2010 polls. Rehman was, in fact, the runner-up in Baisi,” BPCC vice-president Prem Chandra Mishra said and added the Congress would not make any claim on the Maharajganj assembly seat.
While Baisi and Kochadhaman, which are part of Kishanganj Lok Sabha constituency, are going to the polls on April 24, polling for Sahebpur Kamal seat, which is part of Begusarai Lok Sabha constituency, will be held on April 30. Maharajganj assembly seat, which is part of Maharajganj Lok Sabha constituency, and Chiraiya, part of Sheohar Lok Sabha constituency, are going to the polls on May 7, as per the notification issued by the Election Commission.
Addressing a press conference at Sadaqat Ashram earlier in the day, Mishra said it would be a direct contest between a ‘united UPA’ and ‘divided NDA’ in the Lok Sabha election. While the Congress and its allies RJD and NCP have presented a united front before Bihar voters, the NDA is a completely divided house, he said.
Terming as ‘ridiculous’ the statement of JD(U) spokesperson KC Tyagi in which he blamed Congress for rise of BJP in the country, Mishra said it was JD(U) and its leader Nitish Kumar who allowed the saffron party to flourish in Bihar. The BJP became a party of 91 MLAs in Bihar mainly because of its alliance with JD(U) and political patronage provided by CM Nitish Kumar, he said.