RJD Chief Lalu Prasad’s two sons, Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejaswi Prasad Yadav, on Wednesday joined the list of sons and daughters of politicians who have got tickets for the Bihar assembly elections.
Tej Pratap will contest from Mahua and Tejaswi from Raghopur — both Yadav-dominated seats which the JD(U) had won in the last elections. While Mahua MLA Ravindra Rai has since joined the Jitan Ram Manjhi camp and is now the HAM(S) candidate from the constituency, Raghopur MLA Satish Kumar has crossed over to the BJP and got the party ticket for the same seat.
Tej Pratap had announced on social networking sites that he would contest from Mahua in Vaishali about two months ago. Tejashwi, however, had refrained from making any announcements, although Lalu and his wife Rabri Devi had indicated as much. While Rabri Devi was earlier elected from Raghopur, she lost the seat in the last assembly polls.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced the Grand Alliance’s joint list of 242 candidates, covering all seats barring Rajgir, in the presence of RJD and Congress leaders today. While 55 per cent of the candidates are OBCs and EBCs, 16 per cent are SCs/ STs and 14 per cent Muslims.
“We are releasing a composite list and have taken care of every section of society,” said Nitish. JD(U) Kargahar (Rohtas) MLA and Bihar Health Minister Ramdhani Singh is the only prominent leader who has not got a ticket. In all, the JD(U) has dropped 24 of its 117 sitting MLAs, including the 19 rebels who have joined the Manjhi camp.
Among the other sons and daughters in the list are sitting JD(U) MLA Sarfaraz Alam, son of RJD’s Araria MP Mohammed Taslimuddin, who has been renominated from Jokihat; former MP and RJD MLA Prabhunath Singh’s son Randhir Singh, who had won the Chhapra bypoll on an RJD ticket and has been fielded from Chhapra again; JD(U) MLC Vijay Shanker Mishra’s son and sitting Jale (Darbhanga) MLA Rishi Mishra who has also been renominated.
Prabhunath’s brother Kedar Nath Singh will also seek re-election as the RJD candidate from Baniapur (Saran) assembly segment. In the two Yadav-dominated assembly constitutencies of Nawada, Kaushal Yadav and his wife Purnima Yadav, both sitting MLAs, have got the JD(U) and Congress tickets.
The NDA camp, however, has fielded more relatives of prominent politicians. While the BJP has given tickets to C P Thakur’s sons, Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Ganga Prasad, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan has fielded his brother, nephew and two other close relatives. Jitan Ram Manjhi has fielded his son Santosh Kumar Suman from Kutumba.