Tejashwi Yadav to be face of Grand Alliance in Bihar

The opposition’s grand alliance announced its set sharing agreement in Bihar on Saturday amidst high drama.Congress election in-charge of Avinash Pande announced Tejashwi Yadav as the CM face of the opposition grand alliance.“I will try to meet the expectations of all our allies and people of Bihar,” Tejashwi Yadav said immediately after the announcement. Later Tejashwi Yadav announced the numbers to be contested by each party. As per the agreement, RJD would contest 144 seats, Congress-70 seats, CPI (ML)-19 seats, CPI-6 seats and CPM-4 seats. “VIP and JMM would be accommodated from RJD’s quota”, said Tejashwi Yadav.However the announcement didn’t go well with VIP leader Mukesh Sahni. Sahni had maintained that he would want 25 seats in the alliance. But that didn’t seem possible and he was offered 11 seats.“I have been stabbed in the back. I was promised something else and now I have been cheated. I am moving out of the grand alliance,” Mukesh Sahni announced in the press conference and left it in the middle.“Till yesterday it was 25 seats and deputy CM post which was agreed upon. But I was told that everything will be sorted out going forward,” Sahni later told ET. “They can’t stand a youth from most backward classes. Tejashwi questions Nitish Kumar’s DNA but what about him.”Sahni will do a press conference tomorrow to announce his future strategy.With Sahni moving out, this is the third exit from Grand alliance after Jitan Ram Manjhi and Upendra Kushwaha.ET had earlier reported that RJD is not in a mood to bow down to demands of smaller parties and would try to rely more on the traditional RJD-Congress-Left alliance. The reason given by the party was these smaller parties are not able to transfer votes of their caste brethren and they are not reliable in the post poll scenario. The alliance has bet heavily on CPI(ML) giving them 19 seats. CPI(ML) had won three seats in the 2015 elections and was in second position on nine seats.This is the reason, RJD and Congress didn’t try to stop Manjhi and Kushwaha.
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