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Lalu meets Rahul for forging alliance in Bihar

The RJD chief’s meeting is significant as it took place a day after senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh met LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan to discuss the issue. Singh is a strong votary of secular alliance and had spoken to Prasad in last few days as well. Both LJP and RJD have been praising Congress and making it clear that they want the ruling party to be an integral part of the ‘secular alliance’ in Bihar, having 40 parliamentary seats.

Senior Congress leaders have said that a decision on alliance is expected ‘very soon’. There are two views in Congress over the issue but a dominant section of leaders favour an alliance with Prasad to fight a resurgent BJP. LJP, which had made it clear that it was with Congress, has been off late inching closer to Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) in Bihar but said it had left the final decision on including RJD or JD(U) in the ‘secular alliance’ to the Congress.
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