Rahul to seal the deal for two States on March 2

Rahul to seal the deal for two States on March 2

Putting an end to speculations and dissensions, Congress president Rahul Gandhi is likely to seal the deal for Mahagatbandhan in Bihar as well as Jharkhand during his visit to Ranchi on March 2.

This will be Rahul’s first rally in Ranchi after taking over as party chief. Flanked by other constituents of the Mahagatbandhan in Jharkhand, including Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders, the Congress president will sound poll bugle in the tribal-dominated State.

Sources in the Congress told Deccan Herald that a formal seat-sharing pact would be arrived at during Rahul’s Ranchi visit. The decision would be communicated to RJD president Lalu Prasad, who is recuperating at a Ranchi hospital (RIMS) while serving jail sentence in the fodder scam.

BIHAR PACT

As per the understanding reached among the different constituents of Grand Alliance, the RJD would contest 20 seats in Bihar while the Congress 10. The remaining 10 seats out of total 40 Lok Sabha constituencies in the State would be distributed among the smaller allies. While the RLSP headed by Upendra Kushwaha would get two seats, Sharad Yadav-led Loktantrik Janata Dal will have to be content with one or two seats. Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM and Mukesh Sahni’s Vikasheel Insaan Party (VIP) will get one seat each. Two seats will be left for the CPI-ML and one for the CPI. One seat will be left for the suspended RJD MP Pappu Yadav, whose wife Ranjeet Ranjan is a Congress MP from Bihar’s Supaul Lok Sabha constituency. Pappu will be given the option to contest as an Independent or Congress-backed nominee from Purnia, instead of Madhepura.

JHARKHAND SCENE

In Jharkhand, the Congress will contest seven seats out of 14 Lok Sabha constituencies. Of the remaining seats, JMM will field its nominees in four seats, while former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi’s JVM would contest two seats. One seat has been left for the RJD.

“Out of its own quota of seven seats, Congress may leave one seat (Hazaribagh) for CPI, as Rahul Gandhi is keen to rope in Left leaders in the Mahagatbandhan,” said the highly-place source in the Congress, aware of the pact.