New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whose membership of state legislative council is due to end this month, has announced to seek re-election for the Upper House of the state legislature. He will file nomination paper on April 11. Out of total 11 council members retiring, while 6 belong to JD(U) and 3 to BJP, two others belong to RJD and Congress.

Apart from Kumar, five other JD(U) members Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh, Rural Works Minister Bhim Singh, Deputy leader in the council Ramashray Prasad Singh, party spokesman Sanjay Singh and Upendra Prasad will also file their nomination papers on the same day. Three BJP members are - Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, council chairman Tarakant Jha and Baleshwar Singh Bharti.

Notably, in 2006, while Bhim Singh was elected as RJD nominee, Sanjay Singh was elected as LJP nominee. Later, Bhim Singh resigned from his seat and re-contested. Sanjay was the lone member of his party (LJP) in the council and did not come under anti-defection law.

Expressing confidence, Kumar has made it clear that all the party's retiring council members including 3 of BJP will be retained.

Chandan Bagchi of Congress and Udai Narayan Rai of RJD are completing their terms.