Buoyed by the Rashtriya Janata Dal’s performance in the assembly bypolls in Bihar, Lalu Prasad called on Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday, making a pitch for a secular alliance in poll-bound Jharkhand as well as in his home state.
“I want the Congress to join hands with like-minded parties for a secular alliance in Bihar and Jharkhand,” Prasad said.
The Congress reportedly does not want a tie-up with the RJD and is keen to go it alone in both states. In Jharkhand, where assembly polls are likely in December, Congress sources talk of a possible alliance with only the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha.
In a major shock to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the RJD and Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP won nine of the 18 byelections in Bihar recently.