Cong jolt to Lalu by fielding Jitendra Swami at Maharajganj

Last Updated: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 20:55

Patna: Giving a jolt to Lalu Prasad, the Congress in Bihar Monday decided to field Jitendra Swami, son of a deceased RJD MP, in the Maharajganj Lok Sabha by-polls scheduled for June 2.

"Swami, son of deceased RJD MP Umashankar Singh, will be Congress candidate in Maharajganj Parliamentary by-elections," state Congress media in-charge Prem Chand Mishra said.

"Swami will file his nominations at Chapra tomorrow in the presence of PCC President Ashok Chaudhary," Mishra said.

He said the decision to contest Maharajganj by-elections and field Swami was taken at a meeting of PCC President Ashok Chaudhary with party president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi today.

With Congress deciding to field Swami, the Maharajganj seat is expected to see a triangular fight between JD(U), RJD and Congress.

While JD(U) has given ticket to state education minister P K Shahi in the by-elections, Lalu Prasad`s party has field ex-JD(U) MP Prabhunath Singh on the seat.

Singh, who had lost last Parliamentary polls to RJD Umashankar Singh, fell out with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and later joined RJD.

Singh is expected to file nominations tomorrow in presence of Lalu Prasad.

Mishra said Swami and his father Umashankar Singh, whose death has necessitated by-polls, had worked for Congress in the last general elections despite being in RJD.

Maharajganj constituency in Saran district of Bihar is scheduled to go to by-polls on June 2.

PTI



First Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 20:50

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