Rabri Devi to contest from two seats in Bihar polls

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Former Bihar Chief Minister and wife of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, Rabri Devi, will be contesting from two seats, Sonepur and Raghopur, in the upcoming six-phased State Assembly polls.

“Rabri is fighting on two seats because she does not want to gain entry through backdoor,” said Lalu Prasad Yadav in a reference to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. who is not contesting the elections.

Earlier today, Lalu Prasad Yadav released the list of candidates for the third phase of polls in Bihar, and claimed that RJD was the only party that has not given tickets to people with criminal antecedents.

The RJD has decided to field Jai Prakash Yadav for the Banka bypoll that was vacated after the death of sitting MP Digvijay Singh.

The six-phased State Assembly polls for 243 seats in Bihar begins from October 21 and concludes on November 20.

The first phase of elections will take place on October 21 for 47 state assembly seats, the second phase on October 24, the third phase on October 28 for 48 seats, the fourth on November1 for 42 seats, the fifth phase on November 9 for 25 seats and the sixth and last phase on November 20 for 26 seats.

Counting of votes will take place on November 24.

Bihar has over 5.5 crore voters, who will exercise their franchise through Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav released the list of candidates for the third phase of polls in Bihar on Monday. The state goes for six-phase polls from October 21.

Interestingly, Lalu Prasad, who is a sitting MP will be not contesting the polls. His wife and ex-Chief Minister Rabri Devi will contest from two seats, Sonepur and Raghopur. Lalu said that Rabri was fighting on two seats because she did not want to gain entry through backdoor in a reference to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who is not contesting the elections.

According to sources within the RJD if Rabri Devi wins both her seats, and the RJD- LJP combine manages to win enough seats to form a government, then Lalu Yadav will contest from one of the seats that Rabri Devi will vacate.

Nitish Kumar will perhaps not mind the barb, comfortable as he is from staying out of the state’s electoral politics. His current term as Chief Minister has come as a member of the state’s Legislative Council and Nitish has made it clear that this arrangement will continue.

Sources within the JD (U) say the Bihar Chief Minister is reluctant get involved in contesting the elections, preferring instead to use his image as an efficient administrator to ensure the victory of his candidates in the upcoming elections.

For the Banka bypoll that was vacated after sitting MP Digvijay Singh died, the party has decided to field Jai Prakash Yadav. He would be taking on Putul Devi, the wife of late Digvijay Singh. Earlier, Lalu had promised that he would not be putting up a candidate against Putul Devi. However, Lalu reversed his stand after Putul Devi refused to contest on a RJD ticket. Singh had fallen out with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar before the Lok Sabha elections of 2009.

Lalu also claimed that RJD was the only party that hasn’t given tickets to people with criminal antecedents.

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