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Rebellion stares JD(U) in the face in Bihar

Rebellion stares JD(U) in the face in Bihar
PTI
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First Published: Sun, Mar 22 2009. 11 05 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Mar 22 2009. 11 05 PM IST
New Delhi: The Janata Dal (United), or JD(U), will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Bihar as a divided house after its senior party leaders put up a rebellion over denial of tickets to them.
Senior leaders—George Fernandes and former Union minister Digvijay Singh—did not figure in the JD(U) list of names released on Sunday for 25 candidates out of the 40 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state.
Soon after the list was announced by party president Sharad Yadav, a defiant Singh declared that he would contest from Banka, a seat he has held in the past.
“I will contest the polls. This I have decided... Whether other parties want to support me is up to them,” he said, when asked whether he would be an independent candidate there against JD(U) official nominee Damodar Rawat.
Singh also said a situation had been created where he was being forced to leave the party.
Fernandes, who was denied ticket from Muzaffarpur on the grounds of poor health, has already said he would contest from that seat as he does not want to be a member of the Rajya Sabha, an offer made by Yadav.
In Patna, senior JD(U) minister Nagmani resigned from the Nitish Kumar government as his name did not figure as the candidate from Ujiarpur Lok Sabha seat.
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First Published: Sun, Mar 22 2009. 11 05 PM IST