The Congress and the RJD appear to be at loggerheads over the Bhabua assembly seat in Bihar’s Kaimur district, triggering speculations that the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ might be at verge of breaking.

On 11 March, three seats in Bihar will head for by-polls. Araria goes to polls for Lok Sabha, while Bhabua and Jehanabad will witnesses elections for the Bihar Assembly. All three seats fell vacant following the demise of the respective legislators.

While RJD is fielding candidates on all three seats, Congress Legislature Party leader Sadanand Singh claimed that only his party has the right to contest from the Bhabua seat. He reportedly even challenged RJD for a direct contest for the seat.

The Bhabua seat was represented by BJP’s Anand Bhushan Pandey who won against the JD(U) candidate in the 2015 Bihar Assembly Elections.

“Since neither the Congress nor RJD fielded candidates in the last elections, political equations now dictate that the Congress should contest on the seat,” Singh told mediapersons.

Expressing confidence that Congress will win the seat, Singh accused the RJD of going against the dharma of the Grand Alliance by not consulting other parties before taking a decision on the seats.

RJD vice-president and former Bihar CM Rabri Devi said that her party will win from all the seats.