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Cong rules out post-poll alliance with Lalu`s RJD in Bihar

Last Updated: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 22:04

Mumbai: Congress on Friday ruled out a post-poll
alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav-led RJD saying it would either
form the next government in Bihar on its own or sit in the
opposition.
Talking to reporters here, AICC minority cell chairman
Imran Kidwai, who is also the Bihar election in-charge, said
his party had realised its "mistake" of extending support to
Lalu and Rabri governments in the state.

"Lalu and Nitish Kumar are our rivals in Bihar. There is
no question of forming a government with Lalu Prasad after the
polls. We will either form the government or sit in the
opposition," said Kidwai, who is also a Congress Working
Committee member.

Claiming that the people of Bihar, especially the youth,
wanted a change, he said the Congress was being seen as the
only ray of hope.
Kidwai claimed the development, about which the Nitish
Kumar government had made "tall claims", was not visible at
the ground level.

"Can anybody explain why there is still large scale
migration out of the state? In 11 districts of the state,
there is no district hospital. There is also shortage of
schools and hospitals. The condition of sugar mill workers is
deteriorating because the mills have shut down," he claimed.

Earlier, addressing a meeting of office-bearers of Bihari
cultural and religious organisations from Mumbai-Thane belt,
Kidwai said Congress is fighting an ideology and not just an
election for capturing power.

PTI

First Published: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 22:04

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