To further consolidate ties with RJD, JD(U) supported a close aide of Lalu Prasad for an Member of Legislative Council seat. Bhola Yadav, Lalu’s personal assistant for over two decades now, on Thursday filed his nomination for the MLC seat that had fallen vacant after JD(U) leader Ghulam Gous had resigned before crossing over to JD(U) from RJD to unsuccessfully contest from Madhubani Lok Sabha seat.
Though JD(U), with 119 MLAs in House of 243, would have taken the seat under normal political circumstances, JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav and former CM Nitish Kumar decided to concede the seat to alliance partner RJD that has only 24 MLAs. Bhola Yadav may be elected unopposed. September 1 is the last day for filing nomination.
JD(U) has decided to field controversial Siwan leader Ajay Singh for another MLC seat that fell vacant after local leader Manoj Singh had resigned from the seat before crossing over from BJP to JD(U) to unsuccessfully contest from Siwan Lok Sabha.
JD(U) state president BN Singh said: “RJD is a valued ally and hence, we decided to send Bhola Yadav to Upper House in the state legislature”. Bhola Yadav said: “I have nothing to say except to thank both JD(U) and RJD MLAs”.
JD(U) national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP KC Tyagi said: “Our alliance has clicked and we have to keep working to further consolidate it. Nitish Kumar will obviously play a very important role and we will continue ti play up development factor than talking out clichéd social combinations”.
Kiran Bedi tried to establish her credentials as a secular, pro-women candidate.