MLAs proposed Uday for RS poll due to ignorance: Cong

Patna: The Congress' Bihar unit today claimed that its three MLAs had proposed the candidature of Bangalore-based industrial BG Uday for Rajya Sabha polls apparently due to their ignorance of the high command directive not to support any candidate.

The three Congress MLAs were unaware of the party high command's decision against backing any candidate for the biennial Rajya Sabha polls for five seats from Bihar, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Ashok Ram said told reporters here.

The directive of the high command was received by the state unit of the Congress, but the same could not not be communicated to its 10 MLAs in the state in time, Ram said.

The party asked them to rescind their support, the CLP leader said.

The three Congress MLAs - Abdul Jaleel Mastan, Md Tausif Alam and Md Khursheed - had yesterday backed the industrialist's candidature for Rajya Sabha polls.

Besides the three Congress MLAs, Uday's candidature was proposed by four BSP and three independent MLAs for the June 17 polls to five seats.

Uday's entry as the sixth candidate may force elections. The scrutiny of nomination papers will take place tomorrow, while the last date of withdrawal of candidature is June 10.