LS elections: Its Congress+RJD+LJP fighting from Bihar (T&C apply)

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Patna, Jan 30: Congress may finally find a footing in Bihar as Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) Chief Ram Vilas Paswan announced that he is ready to join hands with Lalu-led RJD and the Congress.

He said,"RJD-LJP and Congress will fight the next Lok Sabha polls together in Bihar. Now the talks among the three parties are only about the number of seats each of us will contest."

Dismissing reports that he would incur losses aligning with RJD, he said that though there was a dilemma he had left it to the Congress to decide. He was clear about his goals saying that the alliance could be the only solution to face a formidable challenge from the BJP.

Meeting Sonia Gandhi yesterday for the second time in the last one month, he had earlier discussed the alliance with Rahul Gandhi also. He, however, requested the Congress President to discuss the seat sharing with Lalu Yadav herself, indicating the discomfort between the two parties.

He also made clear that his party will be contesting from at least 10 seats this time, against the 12 seats last time and that the seats would be of their choice.

In total, there are 42 LS seats in Bihar, in which JDU has 20 seats (24% vote share) and BJP, 12 (13.9% vote share). RJD and Congress has 4 and 2 respectively.  RJD has 19.3% vote share and Congress has 10.3%.

Congress too is ready to sort out differences with the RJD chief. Rahul Gandhi said, "our alliance (in Bihar) would be with the idea of a political party, not with an individual".

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