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Lalu meets Sonia for J'khand polls alliance

Buoyed by the Bihar assembly bypoll results, RJD chief Lalu Prasad today met Congress President Sonia Gandhi pleading for a secular alliance for the assembly elections in Jharkhand due soon.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2009 15:40 IST

Buoyed by the Bihar assembly bypoll results, RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Saturday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi pleading for a secular alliance for the assembly elections in Jharkhand due soon.

Prasad met Gandhi for over 30-minutes and was accompanied by his close associate and former Union Minister Premchand Gupta.

Later, Gupta said secular parties like RJD and Congress should come together in the tribal dominated state where elections are due early next year.

RJD, LJP and Congress bagged 11 of the 18 seats in the just concluded Bihar Assembly by-elections, giving a jolt to the JD(U)-led NDA government in the state.

Gupta rubbished questions that Lalu met Gandhi in the wake of Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee planning to institute a CBI inquiry into the alleged job scam in the ministry during his tenure. "The issue did not come up", he said.