No change in Bihar alliance formula: Lalu

March 21st, 2009 - 7:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonia Gandhi New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) Unmoved by the Congress declaring it would go it alone in Bihar, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Saturday asserted that he would stick to the alliance firmed up with the Lok Janshakti Party for the state.
Hours after the Congress announced that it would fight 37 of the state’s 40 seats, RJD chief Lalu Prasad said: “We will give only three seats to the Congress and there will be no reconsideration on this.”

Yadav told reporters: “If the Congress wants to field its candidates they can, but (Congress chief) Sonia Gandhi will realise the importance of the RJD after the elections.”

The Congress move came after the RJD and Ram Vilas Paswan of LJP earlier in the week unilaterally decided the alliance formula for Bihar, leaving just three seats for the Congress.

Hitting out at the Congress, Lalu Prasad said: “If you (Congress) were so strong, why did you ask us for seats? We would have come to you, instead of the other way around.”

He added: “We are the part and parcel of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and we will not criticise the Congress during the campaigning in Bihar. I respect Sonia Gandhi but she is under pressure from party leaders from Bihar.”

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