India, April 5 -- The Congress leadership in Bihar has asked Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav to withdraw his nomination from the Purnea Lok Sabha seat, party officials said on Friday.

Yadav, a five-time former MP who joined Congress last month, filed his nomination from Bihar's Purnea Lok Sabha seat as an independent candidate on Thursday, setting the stage for a triangular contest in the constituency, which was allotted to INDIA bloc ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) as part of the seat-sharing deal.

Talking to media persons in Patna, Bihar Congress president Akhilesh Prasad Singh said, "There is no debate over it in the Congress. The party's high command has already put its stamp over the seat sharing of the Mahagathbandhan alliance. Co...