Congress finally reached an understanding with RJD over seats in Bihar for LS polls…

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The Congress party and Lalu Prasad’s RashtriyaJanata Dal have finally reached an understanding over their alliance in Bihar for the upcoming LokSabha polls, reports said on Wednesday.

RJD will contest in 27 seats, Congress will have 12 and the Nationalist Congress Party will be fighting for one seat in the state which sends 40 members to LokSabha.

There is no clarity on seat distribution as yet.

The RashtriyaJanata Dal had earlier offered the Congress 11 seats plus one for its ally NCP.
The Congress wanted Madhubani, East Champaran, Jehanabad, Nawada and Bhagalpur but the RJD has strong claims over these.

A section in the Bihar Congress wants the party to go it alone in the April-May elections, pointing out that the RJD today is a headless organisation with former CM Lalu barred from contesting due to his recent conviction in a fodder scam case.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is also said to be cool to allying with the corruption-tainted Lalu.
For the ruling JD(U) — which in June 2013 ended a 17-year-old alliance with the BJP over its decision to elevate Narendra Modi — a partnership with the Congress would not only be symbolically valuable but would also provide an opportunity to isolate Lalu.

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