Pappu Yadav said that he will contest against Sharad Yadav and BJP’s Uday Singh from Madhepura and Purnia respectively.

"I will contest the Lok Sabha polls as an independent from Madhepura and Purnia seats," he said.

Sharad Yadav, who won the 2009 Lok Sabha polls from Madhepura, said he will contest from the seat again.

"There is no question of searching for any other constituency. I will seek re-election from Madhepura as it is my traditional seat," Yadav said.

"This time people are with me and they will support me to defeat both the JD-U and BJP in Lok Sabha polls," he claimed.

Pappu Yadav won thrice from Purnia - 1991, 1996 and 1999 - and won the 2004 Madhepura by-polls.

According to sources, Pappu Yadav’s wife and former MP Ranjita Ranjan is likely to contest on a Congress ticket.

Pappu Yadav has huge support base in Koshi and Seemanchal region. Political analysts said that Yadav will certainly affect electoral outcome in the coming general elections. During the 2009 polls, the JDU-BJP combine won all the seats except Kishanganj where Congress candidate Asrarul Haque registered victory.

However, in the last general elections, Pappu Yadav’s wife and former MP Ranjeet Ranjan unsuccessfully contested from Supaul on the Congress ticket.


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