JD-U unlikely to ally with Cong

JD-U unlikely to ally with Cong

There is a likelihood that an alliance between Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress will materialise as the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) is unlikely to have a truck with the latter in the coming parliamentary polls and the Congress will not opt to go alone.

Dismissing media reports, a high level functionary of the JD-U told Deccan Herald, “It is not true that we will join hands with them in the coming elections,” he said. “It might be true that after Ramvilas Paswan’s crossing over to the BJP, Lalu Prasad has been  further weakened and the Congress may be giving a second thought to allying with the Rashtriya Janata Dal. However, it is not true that JD-U will join them,” the senior functionary said.

There were reports that the Congress was wooing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for an alliance. Kumar had recently attended the meeting of Third Front leaders which declared a pre-alliance of 11 parties including the Left parties.

According to RJD sources, the stalemate over seat sharing between Congress and RJD is nearing an end. Problems on contentious seats which involve senior leaders Shakeel Ahmad and Akhilesh Singh will be sorted, an RJD source said.

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