Rabri to contest from two seats in Bihar polls



Patna: RJD supremo Lalu Prasad on Monday nominated his wife Rabri Devi for two Assembly seats as he released the second list of candidates for the third and fourth phase of polls in Bihar.

Prasad put up former Union minister and his trusted lieutenant Jaiprakash Narain Yadav to take on Putul Devi, widow of independent MP Digvijay Singh in the by-poll to the Banka Parliamentary constituency.

"We offered Putul ji to contest on our party symbol but she refused. So we decided to field Jaiprakash Narain Yadav as our official nominee," he told reporters here.

Defending his decision to field his wife and former chief minister Rabri Devi both from Raghopur and Sonepur, the RJD leader said "it has been done in conformity with the people's demand".

Ramanuj Prasad, party's sitting MLA from Sonepur, had requested Devi to fight the elections from his constituency, he said.

"I am sure she will have people's support in both the constituencies where she will emerge victorious," Prasad said.

PTI