The Communist of India (CPI) on Wednesday announced to support to rebel Congress candidate Shakeel Ahmad for Madhubani Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar. Stating the party’s first aim is to defeat Bharatiya Janata Party, CPI made the official announcement in a release.
CPI move to back Ahmed is seen as a big setback to the Mahagathbandhan. It is seen as in response to CPI demand turned down by RJD asking the Lalu Prasad Yadav’s party to not field its candidate from Begusarai – a seat from where former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar is seeking a term.
Madhubani, earlier known as Jaynagar, an erstwhile bastion of the left was represented by Bhogendra Jha for four times in 1960s and 1970s.
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Earlier on 15 April, Giving a jolt to Congress and creating a flutter in Bihar Politics, party leader Shakeel Ahmad resigned from the post of Senior Spokesperson of All India Congress Committee to contest as an Independent.
Ahmad had in 1998 and 2004 won the Madhubani Lok Sabha Seat, however, In 2009 and 2014 he had to face defeat with BJP‘s Hukumadeo Narayan Yadav.
Mahagathabandhan in a run-up to the mega polls 2019 has allotted Madhubani Seat to Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) who has named Badrinath Purve as its Candidate. While BJP has named Hukumdeo Narayan’s son Ashok Yadav from the seat for the Lok Sabha Polls 2019.
Lok Sabha elections in Madhubani will be held on May 6 in the fifth phase. Bihar’s 40 parliamentary seats will go to polls in seven phases starting from April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.
Results for the crucial Lok Sabha Polls will be announced on May 23 four days after the 7th phase of voting.
Congress and RJD have forged an alliance in Bihar along with small allies like Upendra Kushwaha’s RLSP, VIP and others. The Congress alliance in the state is taking on BJP and JDU alliance that also have LJP.