Patna: Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Akhtarul Islam Shahin and Dr Abdul Gafoor figured in the list of 101 Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidates for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections, according to the details released by the 'Grand Alliance' Wednesday.
Besides them, there are 13 other Muslims who have been fielded by Lalu Prasad Yadav, the veteran secular leader known for his staunch anti-communal image.
While Abdul Bari Siddiqui has been fielded by the RJD Chief from Alinagar in Darbhanga district, Akhtarul Islam Shahin and Dr Abdul Gafoor have been given the party ticket to contest from Samastipur and Mahishi assembly seats respectively.
The other 13 Muslims who have been given the RJD ticket for the 2015 Bihar assembly elections are Shamim Ahmed from Narkatiya, Faisal Rahman from Dhaka, Sayad Abu Dojana from Sursand, Faiyaz Ahmed from Bisfi, Md Akbar Ali from Chhatapur, Abdus Subhan from Baisi, Md Faraz Fatmi from Keoti, Md Parvez Alam from Kanti, Md Nematullah from Barauli, Riyazul Haque (Raju) from Gopalganj, Zafrul Huda from Banka, Md Nawaz Alam from Arrah and Muhammad Ilyas Hussain from Dehri.
The RJD released its list of 101 candidates in Patna. Simultaneously, other constituents of the 'Grand Alliance' also declared the names of the JD (U) and Congress candidates. The list included the names of 242 candidates - one short of the total seats the alliance will contest in the crucial assembly polls.
According to a press release issued by the Nitish Kumar led 'Grand Alliance', 55 percent of the 242 candidates belong to Other Backward Classes and Economically Backward Classes, 16 percent belong to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, 14 percent are Muslim, and the rest are from general or upper castes. About 10 percent of the candidates are women.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with RJD state president Ram Chandra Purve and state Congress president Ashok Choudhary announced the list at a joint press conference here. The JD-U and RJD are contesting 101 seats each while the Congress will be in the fray for the remaining 41 seats.
Nitish Kumar said the name of remaining one candidate would be announced soon.
"We have tried to ensure representation to all sections of society. There are no complaints within the grand alliance over the names of candidates and seat adjustments," he said.
Nitish Kumar has made it clear that development was the main agenda for the polls while the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance was only interested in creating divisions on the basis of religion and caste.
The Congress on Wednesday released in New Delhi its full list of 41 candidates fielded by the party for the 2015 Bihar assembly elections, which has 10 Muslims including Aquil Haider, Dr Jawaid and Shakeel Ahmed Khan.
Polling will be held in Bihar between October 12 and November 5. Counting of votes will be taken up on November 8.