Patna, March 23: The NDA on Saturday announced candidates for 39 of a total 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar for the upcoming general elections.
The lone seat for which a candidate was not announced was Khagaria.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has dropped actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha from his Patna Sahib seat and fielded Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state-in-charge Bhupinder Yadav made the announcement.
“All the Union Ministers from BJP including Radha Mohan Singh from Motihari, Ram Kirpal Yadav from Patliputra, Ashwani Choubey from Buxar, R.K. Singh from Ara, were given tickets,” Yadav said.
LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan will not contest from Hajipur seat, the party has picked Paswan’s younger brother Pasupati Kumar Paras, in his place.
Ram Vilas Paswan’s son Chirag will fight from Jamui, while another brother Ram Chandra Paswan is being fielded from the Samastipur seat.
Besides this, Union Minister Giriraj Singh has been shifted from Nawada to Begusarai. Nawada went to the LJP under the seat sharing formula.
Few weeks away, the NDA had earlier officially announced the seat-sharing pact for the Lok Sabha elections.
As per the agreement, the JD-U and BJP will contest 17 seats each and the LJP the rest of the six seats.
The JD-U is contesting Valmikinagar, Sitamarhi, Jhanjharpur, Supaul, Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnea, Madhepura, Bhagalpur, Gopalganj, Banka, Munger, Nalanda, Gaya, Jehanabad, Siwan and Karakat parliamentary seats.
While, the BJP is contesting West Champaran, East Champaran, Sheohar, Madhubani, Araria, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Maharajganj, Saran, Ujiyarpur, Begusarai, Sasaram, Aurangabad, Buxar, Ara, Patna Saheb and Patliputra constituencies.
The LJP is contesting the Vaishali, Hajipur, Jamui, Khagaria, Samastipur and Nawada seats.