Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav today broke his silence on the party’s alliance with the Congress. As the feud widens among the Mahagathpandans of Bihar, Lalu Yadav, who is leaving for Patna from Delhi, said the AKP could not leave the seats (Pai Pool seats) to the Congress because the big old party might even lose deposits there.
Speaking of breaking the party’s alliance with Congress in Bihar, he said, “What is alliance with Congress? Should we leave everything to Congress for defeat? To lose deposits?” Lalu Yadav’s remarks can be seen in reference to the Bihar Parliament elections last year where The AKP suffered defeat primarily because Congress won only a few seats. The RJD emerged as the largest single party winning 75 of the 144 seats it contested while Congress was able to win only 19 of the 70 seats it contested.
#Watch | Delhi: RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav talks about breaking the party’s alliance with Congress in Bihar. He says, “What is a Congressional alliance? Have we left everything for Congress to lose? To lose deposits?”
The RJD leader will go to Patna. pic.twitter.com/3IZpa41zuU
– Ani (ANI) October 24 2021
The feud between Congress and the AKP came to the fore after the main opposition party in the Bihar state assembly decided to field its candidate from the Kushshwar Astan Assembly constituency in the October 30 elections. The constituency of the Kushshwar Astan Assembly has traditionally been in the Congress share as per the alliance agreement between the RJD and Congress. Subsequently, Congress also introduced its candidate from the seat.
So far, the AKP has maintained that its alliance with Congress has been sound and that there is a friendly battle between the two for the seat.
Recently, Bihar Bhakta Congress Chairman Charan Das said that the two parties are competing against each other because friendship has broken down. He also added that the Congress will contest all 40 Bihar Lok Sabha seats independently.
Lalu Yadav will visit Bihar on his first visit since his release from prison in April this year.