AN alliance between RJD and Congress is not yet happening, which seems to be in the interest of the JD(U) which has ruled out any alliance with the Congress in Bihar.
JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav ruled out an alliance with the Congress, saying the UPA cannot grant Bihar special package or assistance, which would be possible only if there is National Development Council (NDC) clearance, which in turn would be convened by the next government.
UPA can at best ‘agree in principle” to the Bihar demand of tax incentives and special package, a JD(U) leader said.
Sources said it if Congress and RJD fight separately minority votes would be split and JD(U) would be in “direct contest” with the NDA.
However, JD(U) national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP K C Tyagi said, “If there is no alliance between RJD and Congress, it is because of their own contradictions. We will go to people saying how Congress cheated us on special status demand.”
Meanwhile, RJD sources said the party had left the ball in Congress court to ensure secular votes are not fragmented.
With inputs from ENS, Delhi