Bihar chief minister and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar met Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday to discuss seat-sharing within the proposed 'secular' alliance.
The Rahul-Nitish talks come a day before Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, the other partner in the proposed alliance, was set to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
The formation of a 'secular' alliance in the upcoming Bihar elections is stuck on account of the RJD’s insistence on the lion’s share of 145 out of the total of 243 seats.
The JD(U) formula was that both parties contest 100 seats each, leaving the remaining seats to the Congress and other alliance partners. The Congress has indicated that it will be content with 40 seats.
In the last assembly elections, the JD(U) which was in alliance with the BJP, had contested 124 seats. Naming the chief ministerial candidate ahead of the polls is another contentious issue between the two main Bihar parties.
Both the RJD and the JD(U) had sought Sonia's intervention in breaking the impasse and help in firming up the secular alliance to prevent the BJP from coming to power in Bihar in the elections, scheduled for September-October this year.
On Thursday, JD(U) president Sharad Yadav had announced that the four parties - Congress, JD(U), RJD and NCP - will contest the Bihar assembly elections together. Lalu Prasad too rubbished speculation that the alliance talks had failed.