In what may give credence to the buzz about merger of the RJD and the ruling JD(U), former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi and state minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh on Monday filed petitions in a local court seeking closure of a case filed by him against the RJD leader.
RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav's wife and former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi on Sunday sought votes for Congress leader and six-time MLA Capt Ajay Singh Yadav who is contesting the ensuing Haryana assembly polls.
Holding the key to bypoll for two Rajya Sabha seats in Bihar, RJD, which has been approached by JD(U) to ensure victory of its candidates in view of potential challenge from rebels and BJP, on Monday decided to hold its Legislature party meeting here tomorrow to firm up strategy.
BJP is leading in 18 seats, Lalu Prasad`s RJD is ahead in six constituencies while Congress is in front in one seat out of 40 in Bihar with Speaker Meira Kumar trailing in Sasaram, trends suggested on Friday.
Winning this seat has become almost a prestige issue for Rabri Devi in her maiden bid to enter Parliament as her husband Lalu Prasad has never lost from this constituency in the four attempts he had made.
Alleging conspiracy by communal forces to stop him, RJD president Lalu Prasad on Sunday said he will complaint the matter to the Election Commission, after his party`s cavalacade was stopped by police and district officials when they were returning from a campaign in Saran district.
A special observer has been deployed by Election Commission to Bihar`s two constituencies of Maharajganj and Saran, which are witnessing a high-voltage campaign, to monitor poll management and keep track of electoral activities there.
Forty-five cows, 20 calves and a double barrel gun with 50 cartridges are among the possessions of former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi who is contesting the Lok Sabha polls as a Rashtriya Janata Dal candidate from Saran constituency.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad`s brother-in-law Anirudh Prasad alias Sadhu Yadav on Friday said that he would not confront former Chief Minister and sister Rabri Devi as an independent candidate from Saran seat but would now contest for the Maharajganj Lok Sabha seat.
Sadhu Yadav, a controversial former MP, Tuesday announced that he will contest the Lok Sabha polls from Saran seat, where his sister and former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi is in the fray as a RJD candidate.