Fernandes files papers for RS seat as JD (U) nominee
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Last Updated: Thursday, July 30, 2009, 18:59
Patna: Former union minister and veteran socialist leader George Fernandes on Thursday filed his nomination papers as the ruling JD(U) nominee for the by-election to the lone Rajya Sabha seat in Bihar.

Accompanied by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Fernandes reached the state assembly, where he submitted four sets of papers to contest the by-election to the lone RS seat in Bihar, vacated by JD(U) president Sharad Yadav after he emerged victorious in the Lok Sabha polls in Madhepura.

Several NDA leaders, including Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, his ministerial colleagues Narendra Singh, Ashwini Choubey, Prem Kumar, Devesh Chandra Thakur, JD(U) chief whip Shravan Kumar were present when Fernandes submitted the papers to the state assembly secretary-cum-Returning Officer Surendra Prasad Sharma.

"Let bygones be bygones," Nitish Kumar said adding the "presence of a leader of the stature of George saheb, who remains, undoubtedly, a respectable leader for us, is required in the Parliament."

Fernandes contested as an independent candidate from Muzaffarpur Lok Sabha seat and lost after he was denied JD(U) ticket.

His election to the upper house appears to be a forgone conclusion as the NDA enjoys comfortable majority in the Assembly.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, July 30, 2009, 18:59

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