"The party has nominated Yadav, Baliyawi and Verma for by-election and they will file their nomination papers on Monday,” said Bihar JD-U president Vashisht Narain Singh.

Three Rajya Sabha seats in Bihar fell vacant after Ram Vilas Paswan, Ram Kripal Yadav and Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who were all members of the Upper House of Parliament, resigned after emerging triumphant in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

The JD (U) decided to nominate Sharad Yadav after he lost the Lok Sabha elections from Madhepura constituency against RJD’s Pappu Yadav.

Baliyavi is a Muslim face of the JD (U) while writer-author and former diplomat Pawan Kumar Verma is a sophisticated face of the party in Delhi.

Meanwhile, cracking the whip on rebels in the party, Sharad Yadav earlier on Sunday suspended Mahua MLA Ravindra Rai.
    
Reacting on the development, Rai said that the rebel faction of JD (U) legislators will put up two of their own candidates for the Rajya Sabha polls later this month.

"Monday is the last day of filing of nominations for Rajya Sabha polls later this month. We all have decided to field two candidates of our own. Their names will be announced on Monday itself," he added.

(JPN/Agencies)

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