Lalu seeks ‘secular alliance’ to keep communal forces out of Bihar2 min read
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took part in a bash hosted by the JD(U)’s state unit president Vashishtha Narayan Singh, while RJD president Lalu Prasad played host to his party leaders at his 10, Circular Road bungalow.
Lalu said he was trying to bring all secular forces onto one platform in his bid to check communal forces.
“The secular alliance of Congress-RJD-Lok Janshakti Party will work together to keep communal forces away from power in the next elections,” he told reporters.
However, his efforts to revive his old alliance with the Congress and the LJP are yet to yield any results.
While the Congress will finalise its decision later this week, Paswan has not shown much enthusiasm for Lalu’s offer.
The LJP leader has already dropped ample hints that he would have no qualms in joining hands with Nitish if the Congress chooses to align with the JD (U) instead of the RJD.
After meeting AICC president Sonia Gandhi earlier this week, Paswan had said the Congress was his natural ally and that it should take the lead in firming up an alliance with secular forces.
Paswan apparently wanted the Congress to make up its mind on whether it should align with Lalu or Nitish in Bihar.
In recent times, the JD(U) is believed to have opened negotiations with Paswan for a possible alliance so as to polarise Dalit votes in its favour.
The presence of JD(U) MP Ali Anwar at Paswan’s Makar Sankranti feast in Delhi on Tuesday also lent credence to the rumours that the two parties were getting closer.
Courtesy: Daily Mail