Bihar lawmaker to contest polls from jail

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A jailed Bihar legislator will contest the upcoming state assembly election from behind the bars after he got permission from a Patna court.

Anant Singh, lodged in Beur Central Jail, will join the poll fray as an independent candidate from his stronghold Mokamah assembly constituency.

He will file his nomination papers on 7 October, one of his close aides said on Friday.

In June, Singh was arrested in connection with a kidnapping-cum-murder case.

He belongs to the powerful Bhumihar caste, which has played influential role in Bihar’s politics and economy for decades.

Last month, Singh, known as “Chhote Sarkar” for his muscle and money power, resigned from the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U).

The JD-U has fielded its spokesperson Neeraj Kumar from Mokamah.

The polls to the 243-member Bihar assembly will take place in five phases, between 12 October and 5 November. The counting of votes is slated for 8 November.

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