Wednesday, November 11, 2009

No alliance with Congress for Bihar polls: Lalu

Patna, Nov 11 (IANS) It is official now. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad has made it clear that his party will not align with former ally Congress for the state assembly polls next year.

The RJD and its ally Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP) would go without the Congress in the assembly polls. ‘The RJD will not join hands with the Congress in the next assembly polls,’ Lalu Prasad said during his visit to Siwan district to attend a party meeting Tuesday.

His remarks come ahead of assembly polls in neighbouring Jharkhand, where the Congress has joined hands with the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha of Babulal Marandi instead of Lalu’s RJD.

State Congress leaders as well as the party in-charge of Bihar, Jagdish Tytler, have said time and again that the party will not align with the RJD and go it alone in the next assembly polls.

Until recently, Lalu Prasad repeatedly tried his best to impress top Congress leaders from Sonia Gandhi to Rahul Gandhi for an alliance with the RJD ahead of the Bihar elections.

But last week he hinted that his relations with the Congress were not going smooth when he said the party was trying to marginalise regional outfits to deny power to the deprived.