Lalu offers 11 seats to Cong, 1 to NCP

Lalu offers 11 seats to Cong, 1 to NCP

Putting pressure on Congress, RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Saturday offered 11 seats to Congress and asked the party to give its acceptance by Sunday when his party’s Parliamentary board will meet here.

RJD has also offered one of the 40 seats in the state to another Congress ally NCP. Prasad, who returned here from Delhi on Friday night, said he had told Congress general secretary and in-charge of Bihar C P Joshi of the offer. “I have asked him to communicate acceptance before RJD Parliamentary board meeting in Patna tomorrow at 3 pm,” Prasad told reporters.

Asked to comment why the alliance between RJD and Congress was stuck, he said the offer did not mean that “everything is over” between the two parties on the issue.

“I have also told Joshi that if his party stakes claim for any other seat than he should tell me and also convince me of the winning potential of his expected candidate,” he said.To questions on whether RJD could decide to go it alone, he said, “Why are you presuming things? The party’s Parliamentary board will take some decisions tomorrow.”

Prasad said for him and RJD, the biggest challenge was to stop communal forces. “For this, we want to take all secular parties, including Congress with us.”

The RJD chief had said on Friday night, “Now there will be lathbandhan (alliance of bamboo),” conveying that RJD would be taking on Congress in the poll fight. He clarified on Saturday that he had not meant a fight with Congress, which he said, was a media interpretation.