Advertisement
Wednesday, Dec 07, 2022
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Another Mahagathbandhan Ally Quits Amid High Drama At Patna Press Conference

Mukesh Sahani's exit is a setback to the Mahagathbandhan, which is hoping to put up a united fight against Nitish Kumar-led NDA in this election.

Another Mahagathbandhan Ally Quits Amid High Drama At Patna Press Conference
RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav | PTI
Another Mahagathbandhan Ally Quits Amid High Drama At Patna Press Conference
outlookindia.com
2020-10-03T22:35:54+05:30

The RJD-led Mahagathbandhan received a big setback when one of its constituents, Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) chose to quit the alliance amid dramatic scenes at a joint press conference convened to announce the number of seats in Patna on Saturday.

Shortly after Tejashwi Prasad Yadav announced the seat-sharing formula, VIP president Mukesh Sahani stormed out of the presser, saying he had been backstabbed by the RJD. “I happen to be the son of extremely backward caste and whatever has happened to me today is like a dagger being stabbed in my back,” he said before walking out along with his slogan shouting supporters.

The dramatic scenes followed minutes after Tejashwi, the chief ministerial candidate of the grand alliance announced that as per the seat-sharing formula for the ensuing assembly elections in Bihar, the Congress would contest from 70 seats and also field its candidate- in the by-election to the Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha seat (which has fallen vacant after the demise of its sitting JD-U MP, Baidyanath Prasad Mahto). “The Left parties -- CPI-ML, CPI, and CPM – will contest from 19, six and four seats respectively,” he said.

Tejashwi also announced that out of the remaining 144 seats, RJD would accommodate VIP and Hemant Soren’s Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and their number of seats would be announced in a day or two. “For our greater cause to oust the Nitish government, which has failed on all fronts, all of us should be ready to sacrifice,” he said.

This, however, did not go down well with Sahani, a leader from the fishermen community. When he stood up to speak, he expressed his anger and decided to quit the Mahagathbandhan immediately.

Sahani is the third leader after Jitan Ram Manjhi of the Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular and Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party to have quit the alliance ahead of the Bihar elections.

Sahani, who was expecting to get 15-20 seats in the alliance, later said that he was kept in the dark about the number of seats to be given to his party. He says he has not decided on the future course of action yet. “All my options are open,” he said. “I will declare my next course of action after consulting party leaders at 11 a.m. on Sunday.”

Sahani’s exit is a setback to the Mahagathbandhan, which is hoping to put up a united fight against Nitish Kumar-led NDA in this election.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

In happy times and sad, Habba Khatun’s sensuous songs make both young and old emotional. With the never-ending conflict bringing tragedies to every doorstep, Habba’s lyrics of separation amplify their mourning.

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

In India, only those relationships between a man and a woman are considered to be legitimate when there is a marriage between the two.

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Virat Kohli, 33, had recently stepped down as India's T20I captain and was subsequently removed as the ODI captain.

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

A Mahila Congress leader, who is the face of the ‘Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon’ campaign, however, has accused the party of anti-women bias after she was denied a ticket.

Advertisement