New Delhi: The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) will contest the coming Bihar assembly elections together, it was announced on Sunday.
“It has been decided that RJD and JD-U will contest the Bihar polls in alliance,” Samajwadi Party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav said after a meeting between Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad at the official residence of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav here.
Mulayam Singh — who has been named chief of the new party to come into existence when six former constituents of the erstwhile Janata Dal reunite — and JD-U chief Sharad Yadav also participated in the meet.
A six-member team, three from each party, will be constituted to work out the seat-sharing formula between the two, said Ram Gopal Yadav.
On the contentious issue of chief ministerial candidate which had threatened to derail the alliance, he said: “There is no dispute. These things will be taken care of later.”
Six parties which emerged out of the erstwhile Janata Dal — including the JD-U, the RJD, the SP, the Indian National Lok Dal and the Janata Dal-Secular — in April announced a merger to revive the old party.