Pappu Yadav to contest against Sharad Yadav (Lead, correcting para two)

Patna, Jan 25: Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, the controversial former MP who was last year acquitted in the murder of a CPI-M leader, Saturday said he will contest the Lok Sabha election as an independent candidate against JD-U chief Sharad Yadav.

Pappu Yadav said he will contest from two constituencies in Bihar.

“I will contest the Lok Sabha polls as an independent from Madhepura and Purnia seats,” Yadav told media persons.

He said he will contest against Janata Dal-United president Sharad Yadav from Madhepura and Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Purnia, Uday Singh.

“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 bypolls.

His wife and former MP Ranjita Ranjan is likely to contest on a Congress ticket, sources said.

Last year, citing lack of evidence, the Patna High Court acquitted Yadav in a case related to the killing of Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Ajit Sarkar in May 1998.