Bihar Lok Sabha Elections

WATCH: Chaos In Bihar Congress, Party Workers Protest Over Nikhil Kumar's Candidacy, Allege Tickets Have Been 'sold'

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

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  • In videos, it could be seen that party workers were engaging in violent protests and pushing each other as they raise slogans. 

After conflict triggered over Gujarat's Bharuch seat within the Congress party, now chaos has erupted outside the party's office in Patna over Congress leader Nikhil Kumar's candidacy. 

Nikhil Kumar's supporters staged a heated protest and raised slogans against Congress leader Shakti Singh Gohil. Moreover, he was manhandled for denying a ticket to Kumar from Aurangabad, a seat that has been held by the family ever since independence.

The protesters alleged that the tickets have been 'sold' and further questioned the candidature of Congress Rajya Sabha MP Akhilesh Singh's son from Motihari constituency in Bihar. 

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Kumar's family has had a legacy over the seat, which was first won by his father and former chief minister of Bihar, Satyendra Narayan Sinha in 1957, 1971, 1977, 1980 and 1984. Following which, the seat was won by his late daughter-in-law Shyama Singh in 1999 and then Kumar himself in 2004. 

The Aurangabad seat, known as 'mini Chittorgarh' by virtue of the strong presence of the Rajput caste in the area, has been a bastion for Nikhil Kumar's family.

In videos, it could be seen that party workers were engaging in violent protests and pushing each other as they raise slogans. 

The Bihar Mahagatbandhan of Congress and Lalu Prasad's RJD decided on their seat-sharing formula over 40 Lok Sabha seats out of which half would be fought by RJD and nine by Congress. 

The seat-sharing announcement evoked angry outbursts at Sadaqat Ashram, the Congress headquarters in Bihar, as supporters of former Aurangabad MP, Nikhil Kumar, raised angry slogans in protest against the seat going to the HAM.

The agitators alleged that the seat was "sold" by Jha and AICC in-charge for the state, Shakti Singh Gohil.

The NDA has been winning the seat since the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

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(With PTI inputs) 

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