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RJD for silence on alliance leadership

Patna, Aug. 8 (PTI): The RJD today suggested that any further statement on the leadership issue of the JDU-Congress-RJD alliance in Bihar should be avoided, while the JDU said chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi had only iterated the party’s resolution when commenting on Nitish Kumar.

The move comes after comments of Manjhi that Nitish Kumar would be the chief minister if the newly forged alliance secured a majority in next year’s Assembly elections. Seeking to play down the controversy, leaders of the alliance said their present priority was to win all the 10 seats in the by-elections and the leadership issue would be decided after the Assembly elections next year. Leaders of the three parties said programmes were being chalked out for a joint rally of Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar and some senior Congress leader.        

“The challenge before us at the moment is to ensure victory of our candidates in all the 10 Assembly seats in the August 21 by-election... It is not the right time to talk about leadership of the alliance... we shall avoid making such statements,” RJD leader Ramchandra Purbe said.        

“The choice of chief minister of the alliance will be decided after the polls next year by senior leaders like Lalu Prasad, Nitish, Sharad Yadav and Sonia Gandhi,” he said.

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