Lalu Prasad’s RJD is likely to strike an alliance with the JD(U) in the upcoming Bihar bypolls for 11 Assembly seats. Though no formal announcement has been made from either side, Lalu on Saturday said the party had been exploring the possibility.
The alliance for bypolls, if it is announced, will be the first test for Lalu and Nitish Kumar on whether they can put up resistance to a resurgent BJP that won 31 seats in alliance with LJP and RLSP in the Lok Sabha elections.
Lalu might make a formal announcement soon at a party training camp. The training camp is aimed at preparing party workers for new political realignment to corner the BJP. “We will sit together and explore all possibilities of alliance,” said Lalu on Saturday.
Earlier, former chief minister Nitish Kumar had dropped hints of an alliance with the RJD, saying his party would do anything to stop the BJP.
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