Patna, April 16 -- Former Union minister and All India Congress Committee (AICC) spokesman Shakeel Ahmad on Monday served a three-day ultimatum to the party to allow him to contest Madhubani Lok Sabha seat on the party symbol or he would contest as an Independent.

"I have asked party seniors to let me enter into a friendly contest with Badrinath Purbe of Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP), like the one in Chatra, on the party symbol or free me to fight as Independent," Ahmad said, adding that he would file his papers as a candidate from Madhubani on Tuesday.

Purbe, who has been declared as the Grand Alliance (GA) nominee from Madhubani under the seat sharing pact, on Monday filed his nomination.

"Purbe has little understanding about the con...