RJD, Congress dif­fer over ‘face’ of polls in Bi­har

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - INDI - Vithika Salomi

Patna: With the com­ing to­gether of the SP-BSP in Ut­tar Pradesh, the anti-BJP forces are hope­ful of their chances in Bi­har too. Wel­com­ing the al­liance, Leader of the Opposition in Bi­har Te­jashwi Prasad Ya­dav said, “BJP’s defeat in UP and Bi­har is now fi­nal.”

How­ever, while the picture is now pretty clear in neigh­bour­ing UP, things do not seem to be work­ing out within Grand Al­liance in Bi­har.

For one, the seat-shar­ing

talks among the GA con­stituents — RJD, Congress, RLSP of Upen­dra Kush­waha, HAMS of Ji­tan Ram Man­jhi and LJD of Sharad Ya­dav — is yet to be fi­nalised for the 40 Lok Sabha seats of Bi­har.

To add to the seat divi­sion woes, the party lead­ers are mak­ing “un­war­ranted com­ments”

against al­lies, much to the worry of the top brass.

On Satur­day, RJD’s Vi­jay Prakash, made it clear that while Rahul Gandhi may be the face of the al­liance at the Cen­tre, in Bi­har, the polls will be fought un­der the lead­er­ship of RJD supremo Lalu Ya­dav. “What­ever decision will be taken by Te­jashwi, will be agree­able to all,” he said.

The Congress, how­ever, re­fuses to ac­cept this stat­ing, “2019 polls are for Lok Sabha and it will be Modi vs Rahul.”

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