RJD starts working for polls, open to alliance with secular parties

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New Delhi, Jun 28 (UNI) In view of the political crisis looming large over the UPA government over Indo-US nuclear deal, the Rashtriya Janata Dal has started preparing for polls by deliberating on the possibility of alliance with like-minded political parties believing in secularism and social justice.

The RJD, headed by Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, today held meetings of the Core Committee and Central Office bearers here to deliberate on the political and economic conditions prevailing in the country.

Mr Prasad said after the meeting that the RJD would coordinate with the like minded parties to go for polls in future.

The Core group meeting, which was held for the first time, decided to constitute a five-member committee to formulate the proposal of the issues on which the party would focus in the general elections. The Committee would be headed by Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh.

Moreover, the meeting also decided to retain its symbol of 'lantern' even after being recognised as a national party.

''Since this symbol has brought it to upto this level, we would continue with it,'' RJD Spokesman Shyam Razak and party leader Ramdev Bhandari said here.

Accusing the BJP of trying to foment communal sentiments in the country, the RJD has decided to expose its nefarious designs. The BJP's devisive statments on the Ram temple and Sethusamudram issue would be brought before the electorate. Charging BJP leader L K Advani of trying to polarise the country on communal lines, the RJD meet decided to counter it.

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