The Janata Parivar has decided to project Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar as its chief ministerial nominee for the upcoming Bihar polls.
After much back and forth, the alliance made the announcement in a press conference on Monday afternoon.
“Nitish Kumar will be chief ministerial candidate of the JD(U)-RJD alliance. Lalu Prasad proposed his name,” Mulayam Singh Yadav told the press in New Delhi.
This announcement by the Janata Parivaar comes after several rounds of talks between the two parties failed. Both parties have been sparring for weeks over seat-sharing issues.
Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad clearly seems to have backed down to come to a consensus.
In a press conference, Lalu Prasad announced, “there are no differences with Nitish. There is no contender for the CM’s post from my family and party.”
Lalu also added, “The Parivar will fight together to root out communal forces.”
Nitish’s JD(U), Lalu’s RJD and the Congress have purportedly decided to fight the Bihar polls together to counter BJP in the state.
Earlier in the day Nitish Kumar addressed a press conference in Patna and said, “three members each from RJD and JD(U) will meet tomorrow and have a discussion on seat-distribution.” Nitish also confirmed that Congress was part of RJD-JDU alliance in Bihar. He said, “there’s no doubt, Congress will be part of JD(U)-RJD alliance for the upcoming Bihar assembly polls.”
On Sunday, Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav confirmed the alliance between JD(U) and RJD. The decision came after RJD and JD(U) leaders met at Samajwadi Chief Mulayam Singh’s residence in New Delhi.