With the deadlock between Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress on seat sharing in Bihar continuing, sources in Congress say that party Vice President Rahul Gandhi is interested in forming an alliance with Janata Dal (United).
“Rahul feels that RJD may be a liability, while Nitish is a better option,” the sources said.
Congress top leadership is reportedly upset with RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s muscle flexing after Lok Janshakti Party supremo Ram Vilas Paswan chose BJP over RJD and Congress.
However, the sources tell that party chief Sonia Gandhi is against the idea of stitching an alliance with Nitish Kumar’s JDU.
Lalu had on Sunday after his party’s parliamentary board meet said that he was open to talks with the Congress over seat sharing. Sources say the logjam between RJD and Congress is over Madhubani and Motihari Lok Sabha seats.
Lalu had offered 11 seats out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar to the Congress. The Congress, however, feels that the constituencies offered by RJD are not winning seats as the party had no organisation there.
Janata Dal (United) is now part of a Third Front and will fight in alliance with CPI and CPI(M).