Congress unhappy at allies giving it just three Bihar seats (Lead)

March 17th, 2009 - 9:10 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) An upset Congress Tuesday termed as “unacceptable” its two United Progressive Alliance (UPA) partners, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Lok Janshakti Party (LJSP), announcing their seat sharing arrangement for Bihar and leaving just three seats for the party.
As per the seat sharing formula worked out for Bihar’s 40 Lok Sabha seats, 25 will go to the RJD, 12 to the LJSP, and just three to the Congress.

“Three seats in Bihar is unacceptable to the Congress and the matter will be taken up by the party with the allies. We will ensure that the Congress gets sufficient seats in Bihar,” said Congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan.

She, however, maintained that the alliance was not in danger.

Replying to a question if the Congress alliance with the RJD and the LJSP was in tatters, Natarajan said: “Our alliance is not in tatters. We would certainly work to ensure that the secular coalition is not divided. We will overcome all hurdles.”

RJD chief Lalu Prasad and LJSP leader Ram Vilas Paswan Tuesday announced that they will contest the upcoming polls together in Bihar as members of the UPA.

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