Days after joining Cong, Pappu Yadav files nomination as an Independent | India News

PATNA: Barely a fortnight after joining the Congress with much fanfare at AICC headquarters in New Delhi, former MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav on Thursday filed his nomination papers from the Purnia Lok Sabha seat as an Independent candidate after being denied the chance to contest from there. No Congress leader joined his nomination filing process, though.
Yadav who joined the Congress on March 20 after merging his party with the Grand Old Party wanted to contest from Purnia that he represented thrice in the past.But as ill luck would have it, this seat went to the RJD under the seat sharing arrangement and the RJD candidate Bima Bharti has already filed nomination from this seat, leaving Yadav out in the cold.
“I have been facing torture for the past 14 days. People are asking, what about Purnia? what about Pappu Yada?” Yadav told the media after filing his nominations on Thursday.
Alleging that many people conspired to end his political career, Yadav said he doesn’t understand such a level of hatred against him. “I will ask Tejashwi Yadav to leave the politics of hate. I always expect the blessings of Lalu Yadav… I received a call from the RJD leader that I should contest from Madhepura, but I said that if I can contest on the RJD symbol, but from Purnia only, the RJD can shift Bima Bharti to Madhepura.”
A huge crowd of his supporters spilled onto the streets and accompanied Yadav to the local collectorate to file his papers shouting “Pappu Yadav zindabad”. Before leaving for the office of the returning officer, Yadav took blessings of his parents by touching their feet. He was seen sometimes walking on foot and sometimes riding a bullet to reach the office of the returning officer.
Before filing the papers, Yadav said none could separate him from Purnia that he likened as his mother. “I will serve Purnia as a son,” he declared.
However, his bid to file nomination as an Independent candidate didn’t go down well within the organisation as the state party president, Akhilesh Prasad Singh asked him to withdraw his nomination soon.
“The party doesn’t permit anyone to file nominations as an Independent candidate against its own allies. The party won’t accept it. I advise him to withdraw his nomination soon,” Singh told the media, reacting to Yadav’s move.
In another curious to this tale, RJD candidate Bima Bharti already filed her nomination on Wednesday in the presence of senior party leader Tejashwi Yadav. Yadav had so many times requested the RJD chief to reconsider his decision, but the latter has remained unmoved so far, leaving Yadav in a peculiar situation. It is to be seen if he withdraws his nomination or goes ahead with his plan.

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