JD-U fields Sunil Kumar Pintu from Sitamarhi

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Patna, April 3 (IANS) The Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Wednesday fielded Sunil Kumar Pintu from the Sitamarhi Lok Sabha seat in Bihar, hours after its candidate Dr Varun Kumar returned the party symbol refusing to contest the elections.

A four-time BJP MLA and former Minister in the previous Nitish Kumar government, Pintu’s name for the Sitamarhi seat was announced after he was hurriedly made to join the JD-U.

The Sitamarhi seat has been allotted to the JD-U in the NDA seat-sharing arrangement. Pintu has been an MLA from Sitamarhi twice.

According to JD-U leaders, Varun Kumar met JD-U President and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar earlier in the day and expressed his inability to contest the polls.

He informed the party that since neither the leaders of the JD-U nor its ally BJP were giving him any importance or supporting him in his campaign, he wanted to return the party symbol before the filing of the nominations, they said.

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Pintu said he was happy that Nitish Kumar had shown faith in him and assured that the NDA would win the Sitamarhi seat.

As per the NDA’s seat-sharing formula, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the JD-U will contest on 17 seats each in Bihar, leaving 6 seats for the Lok Jantantrik Party (LJP).

Sitamarhi will go to the polls on May 6.

–IANS

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