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George to contest as Independent

Veteran JD-U leader George Fernandes has finally decided to part ways with the party he nurtured and contest as an independent from Muzaffarpur.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna |
March 27, 2009 9:03:59 am

Veteran JD(U) leader George Fernandes has finally decided to part ways with the party he nurtured and contest as an Independent from home turf Muzaffarpur.

The Mangalorean,who made Bihar his home after he first won the Muzaffarpur seat in 1977,on Thursday said in front of the camera: “Main chunav ladunga (I will contest election)”. Fernandes is expected to file his nomination papers on April 1.

Shocked at the patriarch’s decision,Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said: “I have nothing to say. But one thing is clear,that an RJD leader had been by George’s side for last two days at Muzaffarpur”. He was referring to former RJD MLA Dinesh Yadav. Ramjivan Singh,who quit JD(U) on Wednesday,was also seen with Fernandes.

At the socialist leader’s press meet on Thursday,his supporters did most of the talking,often explaining and repeating questions to Fernandes. George was critical of his wife Leila Kabir,who justified the JD(U) decision not to field him. Fernandes asked: “Who is she to decide on my political career?” He did not spare even Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav,calling them “despots”. The JD(U),however,has made it clear that there would be no rethink on ticket distribution.

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