Eyeing 2019 elections, Grand Alliance in Bihar to hold ‘broad discussions’ at Tejashwi’s house today

Tejashwi Yadav is the leader of the opposition in the state assembly.

Patna: As the countdown for 2019 Lok Sabha elections has begun, the Grand Alliance in Bihar is expected to hold its first official discussions during a meeting at RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav’s residence in Patna.

All members of the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ or ‘Grand Alliance’, including the RJD, Congress, former NDA minister Upendra Kushwaha’s RLSP, former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM and veteran politician Sharad Yadav’s LJD, are expected to attend the gathering.

As per reports, sources said that the participants are likely to hold “broad discussions” on the respective number of seats that will be fought by each party in the upcoming elections, and “identifying constituencies best suited for each alliance partner”.

However, the final decision on the seat sharing is likely to be put on hold till RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is serving sentences in cases related to fodder scam, is out of jail as his bail application has been reserved by the Jharkhand High Court.

Tejashwi Yadav is the leader of the opposition in the state assembly.

Meanwhile, Jitan Ram Manjhi rubbished reports that have appeared in a section of the media, claiming that he was toying with the idea of a possible return to the NDA, as he was not getting his due in the Grand Alliance.

“This is nonsense. Only on Saturday I was in Ranchi to meet Lalu Prasad. It is another thing that because of his poor health, I avoided getting into any detailed discussions on political matters,” he told reporters.

(With inputs from agencies)