Bihar bypolls: No friendly fight with RJD, Congress contesting for victory, says Madan Mohan Jha | Patna News

PATNA: Though both the opposition grand alliance partners have announced their candidates from the Kusheshwar Asthan and Tarapur seats in the assembly bypolls to be held on October 30, RJD state president Jagdanand Singh on Wednesday said their alliance is intact, but Congress state president Madan Mohan Jha expressed doubt over it.
Jha told TOI over phone that there was nothing like a friendly fight between Congress and RJD on the two seats. “Don’t term it as a friendly fight. Call it a proper fight. All the political parties contesting this election will be fighting with the aim to win,” said Jha.
When asked whether this byelection will lead to the RJD and Congress parting of ways, Jha replied, “We don’t know the future of this alliance.” He further said they had contested the 2020 assembly election under the leadership of Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and the latter would have become the chief minister had we won. “However, he (Tejashwi) or his party cannot take decisions on behalf of other parties,” he added.
Backing Jha’s claim, Anand Madhab, who is heading the Congress team looking after the strategy and planning for the elections, criticised RJD for neglecting the alliance dharma. “One who is against you in the battle is your enemy. We have learnt from the Mahabharata that even relatives in the battlefields are foes,” he said.
Earlier, the RJD state president had said one who has the support of majority takes the decision and his party was playing the role of big brother in the grand alliance. However, he also said the alliance is intact. Singh even hit out at the opposition NDA for being divided over the demand for the caste census issue.
Lalu may visit Patna before bypolls: RJD founder Lalu Prasad is supposed to reach Patna at least five days before the assembly byelection and address rallies in both Tarapur and Kusheshwar Asthan constituencies. “The final schedule is yet to be prepared, but he is expected to hold one rally in each of the two assembly constituencies on October 26 and 27,” said a senior RJD leader.

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