Bi­har par­ties work for poll al­liance

The Political and Business Daily - - STATES -

RJD pres­i­dent Lalu Prasad to­day favoured an al­liance with JD(U) for the by­e­elec­tion on 10 Assem­bly seats but said a de­ci­sion on this will be taken only af­ter talks be­tween the lead­ers of the two par­ties.

"This is the right time for talks on poll al­liance. We will take a de­ci­sion about it af­ter talks be­tween the lead­ers of both par­ties," Prasad told re­porters af­ter reach­ing here from New Delhi.

Prasad's re­sponse has come in the back­drop of JD(U)'s de­ci­sion to forge a grand al­liance of sec­u­lar par­ties against the BJP in the by­poll for 10 Assem­bly seats next month, con­sid­ered a semi-fi­nal be­fore next year's cru­cial Assem­bly elec­tions.

The JD(U) at its state ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing on Sun­day last had an­nounced its de­ci­sion to go for seat-shar­ing with RJD in the up­com­ing Assem­bly bye-elec­tions on Au­gust 21 as part of its ef­forts to have a tie-up in the next Assem­bly elec­tions and had au­tho­rised its state pres­i­dent Ba­sistha Narayan Singh to talk to sec­u­lar par­ties on con­test­ing the by­poll jointly.

Singh had gone to Delhi, where as per re­ports, he was to hold talks with Prasad and oth­ers.

With the ar­rival of RJD chief here, spec­u­la­tions are rife about a de­ci­sion on a tie-up and fi­nal­i­sa­tion of a seat shar­ing for­mula. The last date for fil­ing nom­i­na­tions for the by­e­elec­tion on ten Assem­bly seats is Au­gust 2.

Ni­tish Ku­mar had favoured tak­ing the Congress and the Com­mu­nist Party of In­dia in the sec­u­lar al­liance.

The 10 state leg­isla­tive assem­bly con­stituen­cies go­ing to the by­polls in Bi­har are Narka­ti­a­ganj, Ra­j­na­gar, Jale, Chapra, Ha­jipur, Mo­hi­ud­di­na­gar, Par­batta, Bha­galpur, Banka and Mo­ha­nia.

Five of them fell va­cant af­ter their rep­re­sen­ta­tives got elected to the Lok Sabha, while the rest be­came un­oc­cu­pied due to res­ig­na­tions. —

The ran­sacked house of a rape ac­cused at a vil­lage in East Mid­na­pore district, West Ben­gal on Thurs­day.

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