NEW DELHI: Union Minister Giriraj Singh will contest the Lok Sabha elections from the Begusarai parliamentary constituency in Bihar and not from Nawada, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah announced on Wednesday.
“Giriraj Singh will be contesting from Bihar’s Begusarai. I have listened to all his grievances and the party organisation will sort out all his issues. I wish him all the best for the elections,” Shah tweeted in Hindi.
श्री @girirajsinghbjp बिहार के बेगूसराय से लोक सभा चुनाव लड़ेंगे। उनकी सारी बातों को मैंने सुना है और संगठन उनकी सभी समस्याओं का समाधान निकालेगा।
मैं चुनाव के लिए उन्हें शुभकामनायें देता हूँ।
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) March 27, 2019
According to the seat sharing deal with the other National Democratic Alliance (NDA) constituents in Bihar, the Nawada seat, represented by Giriraj Singh, has gone to the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.
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Singh had expressed his unhappiness over the matter, hinting that he may not contest the polls from Begusarai where he was being shifted. Singh is a Bhumihar, which has a sizeable population in Nawada.
The Communist Party of India (CPI) has fielded former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) President Kanhaiya Kumar from Begusarai. He has the support of the opposition’s Grand Alliance.