Denied nominations, two RJD leaders join JD-U

March 18th, 2009 - 6:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Ram Vilas Paswan Patna, March 18 (IANS) Unhappy over being denied party nomination to contest the Lok Sabha elections, two leaders of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Wednesday defected to Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U).
Jai Prakash Nihad and Magni Lal Mandal announced their move to the JD-U at a press conference here, a day after RJD chief Lalu Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) announced seat distribution in Bihar.

As per the seat sharing formula worked out for Bihar’s 40 Lok Sabha constituency by the United Progressive Alliance, 25 will go to the RJD, 12 to the LJSP, and just three to the Congress.

Nihad and Mandal were unhappy after their name didn’t figure in the RJD’s list of candidates to contest the April-May general elections.

JD-U state president Rajiv Ranjan Singh said the joining of Nishad and Mandal will strengthen the social base of the party as both belong to extreme backward castes.

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