The Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress have formally announced an alliance to contest 10 assembly seats in the state bypolls slated to be held on August 21. This alliance has been formed to contest against the BJP and restrict them after the NDA notched up to 31 seats in the Lok Sabha polls.
This has brought together the two old rivals, former CM Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad, after nearly two decades of bitter hostility.
The announcement was made on Wednesday by JD(U) state president Vashishta Narayan Singh, RJD state president Ram Chandra Purbe and Congress state president Ashok Choudhary, who unanimously described the alliance as a pact to unite secular forces and fight in unison to defeat the BJP.
Under the seat sharing arrangement, the RJD and JD(U) would contest four seats each while two the Congress will contest two seats. JD(U) will contest Parbatta, Mohania, Jale and Hajipur, while RJD will contest Mohiuddinagar, Chapra, Rajnagar and Banka. Congress will contest Bhagalpur and Narkatiaganj.
Names of the candidates would be announced in the next two days and campaigning would be done jointly too.
“The alliance was necessary in the changed political scenario after the Lok Sabha results in which the BJP managed to get a huge majority. But people are already disappointed with the NDA government’s total failure in curbing price rise and corruption,” said state JD(U) president.
Purbe and Congress state president Choudhary aired similar views, stating that the alliance was the much needed antidote to check ‘communal forces’.