Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) in Bihar announced candidates for 38 out of 40 seats in the State.
The RJD announced the names of candidates for 19 out of the 20 seats it is contesting. It has spared Ara for the Communist Party of India-(Marxist-Leninist), which will field Raju Yadav.
Among the RJD candidates is Misa Bharti, Rajya Sabha member and eldest daughter of party chief Lalu Prasad. She will contest from Patliputra. Earlier, party MLA and spokesperson Bhai Birendra’s name was doing rounds for the seat.
The RJD's seats and candidates are follows: Bhagalpur (Bulo Mandal), Banka (Jai Prakash Yadav), Madhepura (Sharad Yadav), Darbhanga (Abdul Bari Siddiqui), Vaishali (Raghuvansh Prasad Singh), Gopalgunj (Surendra Ram alias Mahant), Siwan (Heena Sahab), Maharajganj (Randhir Singh), Saran (Chandrika Rai), Hajipur (Shiv Chandra Ram), Begusarai (Tanveer Hasan), Patliputra (Misa Bharti), Buxar (Jagdanand Singh) Jehanabad (Surendra Yadav), Nawada (Vibha Devi), Jhanjharpur (Gulab Yadav), Araria (Sarfaraj Alam) and Sitamarhi (Arjun Rai).
The Congress is contesting in nine seats. So far, it has declared candidates for Kishanganj (Mohammed Javed), Katihar (Tariq Anwar), Purnia (Uday Singh), Sasaram (Meira Kumar), Munger (Neelam Devi), Supaul (Ranjeet Ranjan) and Samastipur (Dr Ashok Kumar)
“The party will announce candidates for Patna Sahib and Valmikinagar later”, RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav told journalists in Patna.
“Similarly, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party [RLSP], which is contesting in Karakat, Jamui, Ujjiyarpur, East Champaran and West Champaran will announce its candidates later,” he said.
Candidates for the Sheohar (RJD) and the Madhubani (Vikasheel Insaan Party) seats are to be announced later.