Lalu in Delhi to meet Sonia and Rahul, Nitish says not worried about tie-up

Even as RJD chief Lalu Prasad reached Delhi to meet AICC president Sonia Gandhi and AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi to "give final touches" to RJD-LJP-Congress alliance for coming Lok Sabha polls, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Friday said he was not worried over any such possible development.

The Bihar CM said: "RJD and LJP had been very much part of the UPA and there would be no surprise if they come together for Lok Sabha polls. But there is no reason for JD(U) to worry on this count". Nitish Kumar seemed to distance himself from Congress after its drubbing in recent Assembly polls and even talked of "anti-Congress wave" in the country.

Congress' Bihar unit that talked of going alone in Lok Sabha polls reportedly reconciled to chances of alliance with "flexible" RJD-LJP rather than the JD(U) that clearly puts demand of special assistance for Bihar as a "pre-condition" for alliance. With the RJD getting good public support, more so after conviction of Lalu in fodder scam case, the Congress takes RJD as a safer bet to polarise Muslim votes. The RJD president, who got a call from Sonia Gandhi on the day of his release, did not waste time in saying that he was open to alliance with the Congress.

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