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First pre-poll ally for BJP

The BJP now has something to show when it comes to an alliance partner in Bihar ahead of the general elections.

The party has decided to enter into an understanding with the Upendra Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP).

Confirming this on Wednesday, a senior BJP leader told The Telegraph: “The alliance with the RLSP has been finalised and a formal announcement in this regard would be made soon.”

Kushwaha, who at present is camping in Delhi to discuss the finer details of the alliance with the BJP’s central leaders, too, confirmed it.

“Yes, my party would contest the Lok Sabha elections in Bihar in alliance with the BJP. The only point to be finalised now is the number of seats. While we are demanding four seats, the BJP is offering us only three. It is a niggle, which would be sorted out within a week,” he said over the phone.

The alliance assumes significance because Kushwahas constitute the second-most populous caste block among other backward castes after the Yadavs.

“The alliance with the RLSP would send a positive message to the OBC voters in Bihar and that too at a time when our prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, too, comes from the backward community,” said a BJP leader.

Kushwaha, too, appeared in agreement with the stand of the BJP leader. “We are believers in politics of social justice. This is for the first time that someone from the backward community has been projected the prime ministerial candidate. This turned out to be the main reason for joining hands with the BJP,” he said.