Patna: With the by election at five Assembly seats in Bihar nearing quickly, the so-called Grand Alliance in the state appears to be in shamble as each faction of the Mahagathbandhan has decided to field its own candidate that could only boost the chances of the NDA candidates.
At a meeting of party election committee at Sadaqat Ashram in Patna on Wednesday, Congress leaders not only swore to field their own candidates at all five seats, they also threw Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav under the bus saying he may be the top leader in his own party, he was not their leader by any means.
State Congress Secretary Virendra Singh Rathod, at the meeting today said that the party has already decided the names of the candidates and will field them directly against RJD or other member of the Grand Alliance candidate.
"We have finalized the name of our candidates though the final decision on the name would be subject to approval from the high command," Rathod said.
Taking a not so veiled shot at Tejaswi Yadav, Rathod said that while the Congress had temporary allowed someone to sit in the driver's seat, it was now time to take control of the wheel on its own.
Earlier, the RJD announced its decision to field its own candidates at four of the five seats in Bihar while both Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) also staked claim to one seat each.
By-elections in Bihar will be held on October 21. Votes will be counted on October 24.