Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress party formally announced the stitch-up of their grand ‘secular’ alliance to take on the major challenger BJP in the Bihar assembly polls slated to be held later this year. As part of the tie-up, JD(U) and RJD would contest 100 seats each while Congress would fight in 40 seats. In the 243-member Bihar Assembly, the alliance was yet to announce who would contest in the rest three seats.
The incumbent chief minister Nitish Kumar announced the details of the alliance in the presence of RJD chief Lalu Prasad and Congress General Secretary and in-charge of Bihar affairs CP Joshi at a joint press conference.
Nitish Kumar also said that the grand secular alliance would have a Common Minimum Programme and all constituents would hold joint campaign for the crucial state election in September-October.
“The first rally of the grand secular alliance would be held in Patna on August 30,” Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad said.
The RJD President and former CM of the state, Lalu Yadav indicated that the decision to fight on 100 seats only was a compromise for a cause. Lalu Yadav was answering the question on the rumours of differences between his and Nitish Kumar’s party.
Congress General Secretary and former Union minister CP Joshi said his party has entered the alliance as a constituent because it thinks “today Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the biggest threat to the country”.
Asked if Congress President Sonia Gandhi or Vice President Rahul Gandhi would be present during August 30 rally or in future programme of the alliance, Joshi said, “these are part of strategy which we will let the media know through separate press conference later on it”.
(With inputs from the PTI)