RJD leader refuses to contetst the Rajya Sabha elections

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Patna, Mar 13 (UNI) Senior RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari today withdrew his nomination for the biennial election to the Rajya Sabha slated for March 29.

Mr Tiwari told UNI here today that he withdrew from the Rajya Sabha (RS) elections as Mr Prasad was facing serious difficulties in selecting names of the party candidates.

"I am a true friend of Mr Prasad and hence I could not accept any more difficulty for him," Mr Tiwari remarked, expressing confidence that his decision would 'release' tension of Mr Prasad.

He clarified that names of the party candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections had yet to be decided. He said he had expressed his willingness to contest the election before, but now he was withdrawing from the fray as he could not accept any more tension for his party chief.

With the date of Rajya Sabha elections in Bihar apporaching, all parties have started bracing up for the 'royal battle'.

Former Union Law Minister and veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani had also become a casualty in backdrop of the RJD deciding not to support any person outside the state for the Rajya Sabha.

RJD MP Ram Kripal Yadav told UNI here today that the state Parliamentary Board had decided not to field or support any person from outside the state for the seat. He said the RJD would contest two seats.

Mr Jethmalani had reportedly wanted to enter the upper house of the Parliament as an Indenpendent candidate with the support of the RJD.

The RJD had 55 MLAs in the present Assembly and the party lacked requisite numerical strength to ensure its candidates romp to victory.

A candidate needs at least 36 votes to get elected to the Rajya Sabha.

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