Shakeel Ahmad resigns as AICC spokesperson, to contest as Independent from Madhubani
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PATNA: Senior Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad on Monday announced to contest from Madhubani Lok Sabha seat in north Bihar which has gone to the VIP’s share under the seat-sharing arrangement.
The VIP or the Vikashseel Insan Party is headed by fisherman community leader Mukesh Sahni.
Ahmad who resigned as AICC’s senior spokesperson is scheduled to file his nomination on Tuesday.
“I have demanded the support of the party. If the party high command does not extend support, I will contest as an Independent,” Ahmad told the media in Madhubani today.
With Ahmad deciding to join the fray, this north Bihar seat is set to see four-cornered contest with RJD rebel MAA Fatmi also announcing to contest as Independent.
As I have decided to file my nomination papers tomorrow from Madhubani Parliamentary Constituency in Bihar, I’m resigning from the post of Senior Spokesperson of AICC. I’m sending my resignation to Congress President Shri @RahulGandhi .
— Shakeel Ahmad (@Ahmad_Shakeel) April 15, 2019
Ahmad claimed he will have easy victory in this seat since the Grand Alliance candidate doesn’t have the potential to defeat the BJP candidate Ashok Yadav who is son of outgoing party MP Hukumdeo Narayan Yadav.
“Congress leaders and workers are with me. I will have to contest to defeat the BJP in Madhbani,” Ahmad added.
Ahmad has represented this seat twice in 1998 and 2004 and served as a minister in the previous Manmohan Singh government.
As per the seat sharing formula, RJD is contesting on 20 seats, while nine seats have been given to the Congress.
Similarly, the Rashtriya Lok Samata party (RLSP) has been given five seats whereas three seats each have been spared for the Hindustani Awam Morcha and the VIP.