JD-U, RJD to fight Bihar Assembly elections together

New Delhi: The Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) have decided to contest the forthcoming Bihar assembly elections in alliance, Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said on Sunday.

The announcement followed talks between Bihar Chief Minister and JD-U leader Nitish Kumar and RJD leader Lalu Prasad at the residence of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav here.

Mulayam Singh -- who has been named chief of the new party to come into existence when six former constituents of the erstwhile Janata Dal reunite -- and JD-U chief Sharad Yadav also participated in the meet.

"It has been decided that RJD and JD-U will contest the Bihar polls together," the SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav said after the meeting.

Ram Gopal Yadav said a six-member panel, with three members each from JD-U and RJD, will discuss seat-sharing and resolve any issues that arise but did not divulge the names of its members.

Prior to the meeting, Nitish met with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi at the latter’s residence for about an hour, in a clear signal that the Congress was with the Bihar CM.

On the contentious issue of chief ministerial candidate, he said: "There is no dispute. These things will be taken care of later."

The Sunday meeting came against the backdrop of some statements from RJD leaders on seat sharing which appeared to have not gone down well with Nitish Kumar. Elections to Bihar's 243-member assembly are likely to be held September-October.

Six parties of erstwhile Janata parivar had in April decided to merge, but the unification has since not made much progress.

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