Patna: Prominent Indian lawyer and former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ram Jethmalani, along with Misa Bharati, the eldest child of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) duo Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi, on Monday filed their nomination papers for Rajya Sabha in the presence of Chief Minister and Janata Dal – U President Nitish Kumar and nearly the entire who's who of the RJD and the JD-U.
Jethmalani, who has not shied away from using his celebrity status to switch political allegiance in the past whenever it suited him, filed his papers as an RJD candidate in place of former Chief Minister Rabri Devi. Misa Bharti, who had earlier made an unsuccessful bid for the Parliament in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, was the other candidate nominated for Rajya Sabha by her father and party President Lalu Prasad Yadav.
On the JD-U side, former party President Sharad Yadav and ex-IAS officer R C P Singh filed their nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha seat in the presence of Returning Officer Ram Shreshta Rai.
Besides Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Rabri Devi, their two sons in the Nitish administration Tej Pratap Yadav (Health Minister) and Tejaswi Yadav (Deputy Chief Minister), RJD state President Vashisht Narayan Singh, and Congress leader and Education Minister Ashok Chowdhary were among many who were present on the occasion.
Besides the Rajya Sabha seats, two candidates from both RJD and JD-U each, and one candidate from Congress filed their papers for the upcoming legislative council polls. While S M Qamar Alam and Ranvijay Singh were nominated by the RJD, Ghulam Rasool Baliyawi and C P Sinha were nominated by the JD-U.
Tanveer Akhtra, former Jawaharlal Nehru University student union leader, is contesting on the Congress ticket.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS