Lalu fields two sons in Bihar

Patna, Sep 23 (IANS) RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s two sons, Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejaswi Yadav, will contest the Bihar assembly polls.

Their names figure in the list of 242 candidates released on Wednesday by the Grand Alliance of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress.

Elder son Tej Pratap Yadav, 27, will contest from Mahua constituency and Tejaswi Yadav, 25, from Raghopur.

Both Mahua and Raghopur are adjacent constituencies in Vaishali district, not far from Patna. Vaishali is considered a RJD stronghold.

Lalu Prasad and his wife and former chief minister Rabri Devi won several elections between 1995 to 2010 from Raghopur.

Tejaswi Yadav, a cricketer-turned-politician, is a popular face of the party. He recently attended a rally with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in West Champaran district.

The BJP has fielded Satish Kumar Yadav, who joined the party hours before he was declared its candidate, in Raghopur.

Satish Yadav was the outgoing JD-U legislator. He was denied a ticket by the party when the Raghopur seat was given to the RJD as per the seat sharing formula.

Satish Yadav had defeated Rabri Devi in 2010 by 63,000 votes.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Lalu’s elder daughter Misa Bharti, a doctor by profession, unsuccessfully contested from Patliputra parliamentary seat in Patna.

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