Getting into damage control Prasad, whose daughter is married to the SP chief's grand nephew, rushed to the national capital from Patna and called on the SP chief at his residence where he was joined in by JD-U president Sharad Yadav to discuss ways to salvage the alliance.

While there was no word from the SP today a day after it held a press conference in Lucknow to announce the break-up over being offered only five seats in the 243-member Bihar Assembly, the JD-U president put up a brave face saying 'everything will be settled'.

He will also be visiting Patna to discuss the issue with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The JD-U chief had half-an-hour long meeting with Mulayam last night after which he had claimed that the alliance will remain intact like it was before in Bihar with Samajwadi Party being a part of it.

Earlier, addressing a press conference in Lucknow yesterday, SP national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav had announced the party's decision to leave the alliance saying it felt 'humiliated' as it was not consulted while deciding seats and would contest the Assembly election in the state on its own.

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