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It’s final: Cong picks RJD, LJP in Bihar

Shedding his discomfort with RJD, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday announced that the two parties, along with Congress, will contest the next Lok Sabha elections jointly in Bihar. The three parties will now work out seat-sharing, he said. ‘RJD-LJP and Congress will fight the next Lok Sabha poll together in Bihar. Now the talks among the three parties are only about the number of seats each of us will contest,’ he said.

He dismissed reports in the media about LJP apprehending losses by aligning with the RJD. Paswan had earlier said that there are two views within the LJP on whether to align with Lalu Prasad’s RJD or Nitish Kumar’s JD (U) and that he had left this decision to Congress.

Today, he said a view has gradually emerged that ‘it is this alliance of RJD-LJP and Congress’ which can pose a formidable challenge to the BJP, which is a ‘communal force’. He met Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday for the second time in the last one month to discuss the issue of poll alliance in Bihar.

LJP sources said later that Paswan told Gandhi that his party will not talk to Lalu Prasad on the issue of seat-sharing, reflecting the unease between the two parties.
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