Patna: Bihar Congress has urged the party
high command not to support to RJD-LJP combine in next month`s
polls for five Rajya Sabha and six Vidhan Parishad seats as
that could affect the party`s prospects in the assembly polls
due later this year.
"We met Sonia Gandhi two days ago to apprise her of
our views that the party should not extend support to the
RJD-LJP alliance in the forthcoming Rajya Sabha and Vidhan
Parishad polls as the move may have an adverse impact on the
prospects of the Congress in the assembly polls," state
Congress President Anil Sharma told reporters here.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad and LJP president Ram Vilas
Paswan needed support of 10 Congress MLAs in the polls in the
name of strengthening secular forces in Bihar but they had
left Congress during the Lok Sabha last year forgetting the
mantra of secularism, he said.
The high command has not taken any decision in this
regard yet, he said and expressed hope that the decision would
reflect its long term political interests.
The state unit requested the central leadership to
contest the biennial polls for Rajya Sabha and Vidhan Parishad
to strengthen its base before the assembly polls, he said.
Having a strength of 68 legislators (RJD-56, LJP-12)
in the state assembly, RJD-LJP alliance but has decided to put
up nominees for two Rajya Sabha seats hoping to rope in the
supporter of other opposition MLAs, including the Congress.
With each prospective winner of a Rajya Sabha seat
requiring 41 votes, the RJD will easily get one candidate
elected on its own, but the second candidate will need votes
from other parties.
Neither Lalu Prasad nor Ram Vilas Paswan has made any
announcement on the candidature issue for the two Rajya Sabha
seats or its electoral strategy in view of shortfall of