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Sharad fights fire, list today

Patna, March 14: JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav today said the party’s list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections would be announced in New Delhi on Saturday.

A day after several leaders spoke out against the manner in which the candidates were being picked, Sharad asserted that only a few new entrants would be given tickets. He also sought to emphasise that there was no dispute with chief minister Nitish Kumar over selection of candidates.

However, two BJP legislators were inducted into the party today with an assurance of a ticket. After holding an hour-long meeting with Nitish at 1 Aney Marg along with JD(U) state chief Bashishtha Narayan Singh, Sharad said: “Very few new entrants will get the Lok Sabha ticket. Only dedicated party workers will be given preference. The list has been finalised and I will make the announcement in New Delhi tomorrow.”

On Thursday, simmering rebellion in the JD(U) had forced the leadership to hold back its list of candidates after a few leaders stormed Sharad’s hotel room.

Cabinet ministers such as Narendra Singh and Brishen Patel and Supaul MP Vishwamohan Kumar complained to Sharad about the party ignoring workers and loyalists.

“I have spoken to all those who had expressed disappointment over ticket distribution. It is a family matter and we have sorted out all problems. I must also say that there are no differences or disputes with Nitish Kumar over the candidates.”

Sharad’s statement coincided with the entry into the party of two BJP leaders, one a sitting MLC and another a sitting MLA. Both are said to have joined the JD(U) on being assured of a ticket.

Sources confirmed that both MLC Manoj Singh or Siwan and Santosh Kumar, the MLA from Baisi in Purnea, have been given tickets for their respective Parliament seats. Similarly, RJD leader Abu Kaiser has been given the ticket from Bhagalpur and Ghulam Gaus from Madhubani.

Before joining the party, the two BJP leaders met Nitish at his official residence and on their way out they said the chief minister has given the green light to their Lok Sabha candidatures.


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