Nominations for the first phase of the Bihar assembly elections started on Thursday, but the RJD-Congress tussle over seats does not seem to be diminishing. Priyanka Gandhi herself took the command to solve the problem, but even after his intervention, the talk is still couldn’t yield the intended outcomes.
Congress sources said that RJD is still not ready to give more than 60 seats to Congress. While the matter is now being looked after by Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi herself and she also held two rounds of talks with the RJD leadership. If sources are to be believed, this dispute of seats between the RJD-Congress is expected to be resolved within a day or two. There is a discussion that the Congress may fall a bit behind its demand for 72 seats. The RJD may also reconsider increasing one or two seats.
On the other hand, on Thursday, the screening committee headed by Avinash Pandey churned out the names of future party candidates for the first phase of the assembly. Along with the MLAs who won the last election, there was a push for new faces as well. The screening committee has decided the future candidates for the first phase. This list will now be sent to Congress President Sonia Gandhi as well as Rahul Gandhi, and Priyanka Gandhi, from where the names of prospective candidates will be stamped. It is discussed that by October 4, the matter of seats and the names of the candidates of the first phase will be announced.
Bihar Congress in-charge and MP Shakti Singh Gohil said on Thursday that the Congress will convene its election campaign from October 2, which is the birth anniversary of Bapu. With the unveiling of Bapu’s statue in Champaran on October 2, the Congress will field to change the government of Bihar. The public is buried under the misrule of the BJP-JDU and wants change. Congress will give a fair and working government in Bihar and the people of Bihar will get relief from systematic rule they are not happy about.