Patna: The Janata Dal-United (JD-U), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have decided to campaign jointly for the upcoming Bihar assembly polls from August to counter the BJP-led NDA.
The decision was taken after JD-U president Sharad Yadav met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad here and discussed the likely strategy of the grand alliance against Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for the uncoming polls.
"We have decided that grand alliance of JD-U, RJD, Congress and NCP will campaign together or jointly against the BJP-led NDA," state JD-U president Vashisht Narain Singh said here on Sunday.
Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar, after a hiatus of 20 years, came together for a poll campaign in Bihar last year during the assembly by-polls.
In early July, Nitish Kumar`s ruling Janata Dal-United launched `Har Ghar Dastak` (knock on every door) campaign to reach out to millions of voters ahead of the coming state assembly elections.
Nitish Kumar - who was declared the chief ministerial candidate of the JD-U, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Congress and NCP combine - launched the campaign here and state JD-U leaders and workers kick-started it simultaneously from 10,000 locations across Bihar.
The door-to-door campaign is the brainchild of Prashant Kishore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s erstwhile key strategist during the last Lok Sabha polls. Last month, Nitish Kumar launched a high-tech `Badh Chala Bihar` (Bihar moving forward) initiative to directly reach out to the masses and seek their ideas and suggestions for the state`s development. That move too was credited to Prashant Kishore.