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Battle for Madhepura: Left ignored by NDA, Pappu Yadav battles hard to get place in GA

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PATNA: He tried to be very smart but is now repenting for his smartness! This exactly remains the case of muscle-flexing politician Pappu Yadav who finds it hard to search for his new shelter after being expelled from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) for challenging the might of his leader four years back.

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Yadav had been fielded from the politically-significant Madhepura Lok sabha seat by the RJD in the last 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Bolstered by the support of Prasad’s fellow castemen and his personal rapport with the local voters, Yadav emerged victorious from this seat, defeating JD-U Sharad Yadav even at the peak of Narendra Modi wave.

Barely weeks after winning elections, he, however, got himself locked in a bitter succession war with RJD chief and declared himself as his “natural heir”, opposing Prasad’s move to appoint his son as his successor and charging him with following dynastic politics. He refused to fall in line despite repeated warnings by the party leadership which eventually expelled him from the party for six years in May 2015.

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Subsequently, he formed his own political outfit, Jan Aadhikar Party (JAP) and later fielded his candidates in the last 2015 assembly elections but it drew a blank. His repeated efforts failed to infuse life in the party. As the LS polls came closer, he initially tried to be part of the NDA but failed to get place there.

Left in the lurch, he tried to develop closeness with the Congress and even met some top party officials, seeking for his party’s tie-up with the Congress, now being part of the RJD-led Grand Alliance. A major setback came to Yadav when the RJD rejected every move by the Congress to allow the former being part of the alliance.

As a last resort, he appealed to the RJD chief to show “large-heartedness” by accommodating allies to defeat the “fascist forces”. He indirectly accepted the leadership of Prasad but rejected the leadership of Tejashwi Yadav, Prasad’s younger son who is leading the party in his absence. However, his appeals have failed to cut any ice.

Now that the chances of his inclusion in the Grand Alliance turned bleak, Yadav has now announced to contest from two seats—Madhepura and Purnia. “I have left it to the Congress to decide over my candidate. If nothing works, I will contest from these two seats,” Yadav told the media today. He refused to describe it as mere general elections saying “the 2019 polls are a fight to save humanity” but he failed to explain how.

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