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New Delh(PTI)i: Bihar’s ruling JD(U) and Lalu Prasad’s RJD will contest the state assembly elections in alliance and a 6-member committee will be constituted for seat-sharing talks.
“Today, it has been decided that RJD and JD(U) will contest the Bihar polls in alliance,” Samajwadi Party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav said after a two-hour meeting between Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad.
Emerging from the meeting held in the presence of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Ram Gopal said a six-member panel will discuss seat-sharing but refused to name its members.
“These cannot be revealed. The two parties will appoint three members each to the panel which will undertake the important task of devising a seat-sharing formula,” he said.
Asked about the contentious issue of chief ministership, the SP general secretary said,”There is no dispute. These things will be taken care of later.”
After weeks of sparring by leaders of their parties, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad sat across the table at Mulayam’s residence in order to remove the irritants in the path of forging an alliance to thwart BJP’s attempt to wrest power in the politically sensitive state.
JD(U) president Sharad Yadav was also present in the meeting.
The meeting, first between Lalu and Nitish in many weeks, apparently failed to resolve the differences between the two leaders on the issue of chief ministership.
While JD(U) has been insisting on Nitish to be declared as the chief ministerial candidate, Lalu has maintained that the issue can be addressed later. The RJD leader had his way as the matter has been kept pending.
Today’s meeting came after Sharad Yadav’s assertion on Thursday that RJD, JD(U) and Congress will contest the elections together.
In an interesting development, the meeting between Lalu and Nitish was preceded by a visit by the latter to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s residence.