All is not well in Grand Alliance, Cong gives ultimatum to RJD on seats

From News360 Correspondent

New Delhi/Patna: In an expected move, the Congress party has tried to mount pressure on the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) by seeking more than six dozens seats in the upcoming Bihar assembly elections.

The party has also asked its leading ally in the state to wind up seat-sharing negation within next few days and consider the party’s choice of constituencies.

According to agencies’ inputs, senior members saying that failure to pay heed may even result into a break-up in the Grand Alliance. The agencies added that the party has given a list of “75 constituencies to RJD with the wish that it should be considered as its tally”.

It is said that some of the seats demanded by the Congress are the ones that have strong RJD base. Interestingly, both the parties have more or less similar constituents albeit the RJD holds an edge over Congress by claiming its influence among Yadavs besides holding “considerable support base” among Muslims. Then, the number of seats the Congress has demanded is prolonging the negotiations.

Yaser Shahid, president of the Bihar unit of All India Professionals Congress, has said, “We will reach a settlement on seats soon…Senior leaders are looking into all aspects.” He added, “The people are fed up with the JUD-BJP combined rule in the state and claimed that the Grand Alliance would form the next government.” According to sources, Congress has set September-end “as deadline” for winding up seat-sharing negotiations.

A section of press quoted a senior All India Congress Committee member saying, “We have started talks with NCP, Yashwant Sinha, VIP and RLSP. We have to be ready with an alternative.”

On the other hand, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) of former union minister Upendra Kushwaha and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP), a party recently floated by Mukesh Sahni who said to have strong grip over mallah (fishermen) votes, too are feeling uncomfortable on delay in seat sharing negotiations.

If there is a change in leadership of RJD then we are ready to be in the Grand Alliance: RLSP

Mr Kushwaha went on to attack directly ono RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav demanding a “change in the leadership of RJD”. “If there is a change in leadership of RJD then we are ready to be in the Grand Alliance. Tejashwi Yadav is not in a condition to fight against Nitish Kumar,” he said.

It is believed that if Congress broke with RJD, then VIP and RLSP would also leave the alliance. It expected that the RJD will soon come up with a seat-sharing formula.  

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