Nitish, Rameshwar and Khalid are JD(U) candidates for Council poll

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi filed nomination papers on Monday for the April 26 Bihar Legislative Council polls. The last date of filing nomination papers is April 16.

Since SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav has already announced to contest Lok Sabha polls from Kannauj, he allowed party state president Naresh Uttam Patel to file papers for the Upper House berth on his seat.

Other than the Chief Minister, JD-U named Rameshwar Mahto and Khalid Anwar as its candidates while the BJP's list of candidates includes - Sushil Kumar Modi, Mangal Pandey and Sanjay Paswari.

Last week, the Election Commission had declared dates for biennial election to 11 seats of the Bihar Legislative Council falling vacant on May 6.

JD (U) national president Kumar, Rabri Devi, Mr Modi and Mr Pandey are among those whose term will expire on May 6.

The nominations submitted by the parties would be scrutinised on Tuesday.

About 29 votes are required for a candidate to win. The result to all 13 seats are likely to be announced unopposed as neither the BJP nor any other political have so far fielded any extra candidate. As per the BJP's electoral strength in the respective Legislative Assemblies, the party has nominated 10 candidates in UP and 3 in Bihar.

Narendra Singh, who had sided with Jitan Ram Manjhi after rebelling against Nitish Kumar but returned to the JD (U) after Mr Manjhi joined hands with Lalu Prasad, had lost his council seat under the anti-defection law. RJD has given one seat from its quota to Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM).

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