Both ex-chief ministers of the state, they were alleged to have shared a bitter political rivalry till recently. in fact, Nitish Kumar, in partnership with the BJP, had ousted Prasad's party from power. The RJD, JDU and Congress have put together a seat-sharing strategy for 10 assembly seats in the by-elections scheduled to be held on August 21. With this RJD and JDU will both be sharing four seats each and Congress will be given the rest 2.
The state elections are to be held next year.
The alliance comes in the wake of BJP's sweeping victory in the Lok Sabha polls. Nitish Kumar had quit as the chief minister in May, accepting the responsibility of the party's defeat in the national elections. BJP, which was dumped by Mr Kumar in June last year won 31 of the state's 40 seats.
Surprisingly, when the three parties announced the alliance in Patna on July 30, both Kumar and Yadav gave the event a miss.