Patna: Ruling JD-U on Saturday announced the name of Bihar Education Minister PK Shahi as the party candidate for Maharajganj Lok Sabha seat.

In a press statement, state JD-U Chief Bashist Narayan Singh declared the name of Shahi, a close confidante of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, as the candidate for the Maharajganj parliamentary seat.  Meanwhile, RJD has decided to field ex-MP Prabhunath Singh in the constituency.

By-elections to Maharajganj has been necessitated due to death of RJD MP Umashankar Singh. Prabhunath Singh had lost the last Lok Sabha election from the same constituency in Saran district as JD-U candidate. Later, he fell out with Nitish Kumar and quit the party to join Lalu Prasad's RJD.

Shahi, who had served as Advocate General of Bihar in the previous rule of Nitish Kumar, is presently state's Education minister. Congress has so far not made its stand on Maharajganj seat clear. Party leaders including Congress national spokesman Shakeel Ahmad has said that the party would not enter into tie-up with anybody.  Voting would take place on June 2.

(Agencies)

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