Bihar Assembly polls: Congress releases list of 21 candidates for first phase of election

The Congress fielded Akhauri Onkar Nath from Gaya Town instead of Mohan Shrivastava, who is facing charges of rape. Sources said Shrivastava, after being cleared, was replaced following objections by some senior leaders

Press Trust of India October 07, 2020 20:54:10 IST
Bihar Assembly polls: Congress releases list of 21 candidates for first phase of election

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New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday released its first list of 21 candidates for the Bihar assembly elections.

The list was announced after the Congress Central Election Committee headed by party chief Sonia Gandhi cleared their names at a meeting held earlier this week.

The Congress has nominated Shubhanand Mukesh, the son of Congress Legislature Party leader in Bihar Sadanand Singh, for the Kahalgaon Assembly seat.

The Congress fielded Akhauri Onkar Nath from Gaya Town instead of Mohan Shrivastava, who is facing charges of rape.

Sources said Shrivastava's name was earlier cleared, but following objections by some senior leaders, he was dropped and replaced by another candidate.

Tomorrow is the last date for filing of nominations for the first phase of Bihar Assembly polls, which will be held on 28 October.

Bihar assembly elections will be held in three phases on 28 October, 3 and 7 November, while the results will be out on 10 November.

The Congress will be contesting on 70 seats as part of the RJD-led grand alliance in Bihar.

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