In the 243-member Assembly, JD(U)-RJD will contest over 100 seats each while Congress will field candidates on 40 seats, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told media persons. With this announcement, the alliance has sounded the poll bugle in the state.
"A consensus has been developed on seat sharing between all three parties (RJD, JDU & Cong) of 'Maha gathbandhan'," Nitish Kumar told media persons.
Former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav was also present in the press conference and said that his alliance will hold a rally on August 30.
Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad Yadav and CP Joshi address a press conference in Patna (Bihar) pic.twitter.com/C4X17ipvYR— ANI (@ANI_news) August 12, 2015
"Swabhimaan rally to be held at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on 30th August," Lalu Prasad Yadav said.
"We are going to contest this election with full strength. Bihar elections will affect entire nation, our alliance will reduce BJP to dust," he further said.
Nitish Kumar once again raked up the issue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'DNA remark' and said, "People who have insulted me, have insulted the people of Bihar."
Tumhari (PM) bhaasha ko log samajh rhe hain, tum kisko apmaanit kar rhe ho, kis maidan mein kar rhe ho: Lalu Yadav pic.twitter.com/bEdQS8K2bX— ANI (@ANI_news) August 12, 2015
Meanwhile, Congress leader CP Joshi told in the press meet that Cong leadership will participate in Maha Gathbandhan's first rally (Swabhimaan rally) on August 30.
People of Bihar are sending their DNA samples stating that they have the same DNA as mine: Nitish Kumar pic.twitter.com/ZkmlE1LUWB— ANI (@ANI_news) August 12, 2015
At present, JD(U) has 111 MLAs in the assembly and the party had contested 141 seats in the 2010 Assembly polls. The RJD has 24 MLAs and the Congress has 5 seats.