Subhashini Raj Rao, daughter of former Union minister and Loktantra Janata Dal chief Sharad Yadav, and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) general secretary Kali Prasad Pandey, took the Congress membership on Wednesday. It is being speculated that Subhashini may be the Congress candidate in the Bihar Assembly elections. On the other hand, Kali Pandey has filed his nomination papers as a Congress candidate from Kuchaikot assembly seat.
Bihar Congress chief Madan Mohan Jha has welcomed both the people to the Congress. He said that the arrival of these two leaders will strengthen the grand alliance in Bihar. Both leaders were given party membership at the Congress headquarters in Delhi. On this occasion, Subhashini Rao said that his father is unable to participate in the election campaign in Bihar due to his illness.
Subhashini and Kali Pandey joined the party in the presence of senior Congress leaders Pawan Kheda, Devendra Yadav and Ajay Kapoor. On this occasion, Congress spokesperson Kheda said, ‘We are proud that Subhashini Yadav has joined Congress. His father has a huge contribution in India’s parliamentary democracy.
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Significantly, Sharad Yadav was in JDU before forming his party and he also served as the NDA convenor for many years, being the party’s president. In 2017, Sharad Yadav was expelled from JDU for his involvement in anti-party activities. He then formed the democratic Janata Dal. He was part of the Grand Alliance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and contested from Madhepura under the banner of this, but he had to face defeat.