PATNA, Jan. 5 -- The row over the Patliputra seat in the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) further escalated on Friday after Maner MLA Bhai Virendra said only party president Lalu Prasad can decide distribution of tickets in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

"I only consider Lalu Prasad as my leader and head of the party. I do not give much credence to who speaks what about contesting polls from Patliputra or any other seat. Whosoever Lalu gives ticket from the seat, I will accept it," Virendra told HT over the phone. He is considered close to Lalu's younger son Tejashwi Yadav.

Virendra's comments came after Lalu elder son Tej Pratap Yada on Thursday said that his sister Misa Bharti will contest the Patliputra seat. He snubbed Virendra for eyeing th...