Lalu and Nitish, who hugged each other on the dais, addressed a joint election rally at Jamalpur village, 10km from Hajipur town in Vaishali district, about 25 km from Patna, to drum up support for JD(U) candidate Rajendra Rai in the by-poll on Hajipur seat.
Terming his joining hands with Kumar as ‘home coming’ of the two, Lalu appealed to Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to similarly bury the hatchet and join hands to defeat BJP in Uttar Pradesh.
The joint rally of Lalu and Nitish kicked off the by-election campaign of secular alliance of RJD, JD(U) and Congress for 10 assembly seats that would go to vote on August 21.
The appearance of Lalu and Nitish, who had parted ways in 1994, on the same dais was cheered by people and supporters of the three alliance parties.
There was no big leader from Congress at the meeting and the party was represented by its district unit President Sunil Kumar Singh.
Lalu and Nitish, who had parted company in 1994 when Kumar walked out of Janata Dal to form his own Samata Party and succeeded in ousting Prasad from power after aligning with BJP, justified their coming together again.
"We have joined hands not for the sake of power but to save the society and the country which is under threat from forces out to create division on communal lines in the society," Nitish Kumar said addressing the rally.
Lalu said that they have come together for the sake of social justice which is threatened by BJP which came to power by "feeding false promises to people".

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar on Monday shared the dais during a campaign for the by-polls to 10 assembly seats in Bihar
Both of them will hold five public meetings at Hajipur, Mohiuddinagar, Narkatiyaganj, Chapra and Mohania as part of campaign for the by-elections in 10 seats scheduled for August 21
The joint campaign schedule was decided after talks between the alliance leaders
Nitish Kumar had parted ways with Lalu Prasad in 1994 to form Samata Party with George Fernandes. It merged with Sharad Yadav-led Janata Dal (United) in 2003 and became a constituent of the NDA and Kumar emerged as the main rival of Prasad.
The political alliance between Lalu and Nitish assumes strategic significance as both these heavyweights are opposed to BJP and Nitish snapped ties with the saffron party last year after Modi was elevated in 2013

Lalu said that if the vote percentage of RJD, JD(U) and Congress are taken together, it would come to 45 percent, which is much more than that of BJP which got over 29 percent vote in Bihar in parliamentary poll.
Nitish Kumar, who resigned as Chief Minister after JD(U) was decimated in the poll, said, "It's for the first time in the history of electoral politics that a party has gained majority on its own in parliamentary election by receiving a ‘small’ vote percentage of 30 percent.”

Launching a sharp attack on BJP government, Nitish said that they came to power by ‘hoodwinking’ voters by making several promises and now they are ‘intoxicated’ with power.      

"Sarkar chalana aasan hain per desh chalana utna aasan nahi hai (its easy to run government but not the country)," Nitish said.
Taking a potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi without naming him, Nitish, who severed 17 years of ties with BJP on the issue of Modi's elevation as prime ministerial candidate of BJP, said "Where is acheche din (good days) promised to people, particularly the youths?"   
"People had stated assuming that the day BJP comes to power Pakistan will be shown its place, price of essential commodities will normalize...but have these things happened?" he asked the crowd.
On BJP president Amit Shah's comments about him sitting in the lap of Lalu Prasad Yadav, Nitish said that it's natural for him to be frightened because he understands the joint might of the two.
Lalu also targeted Shah for the comment and said, "I am Kumar's elder brother so what's so big if he has come in my lap.”
Nitish said that socialists have uprooted Congress from power after the Emergency "but now Congress is no threat and the same force of socialists will throw BJP out of power”.

The political alliance between Lalu and Nitish assumes significance mainly since both these heavyweights have been lashing out at the BJP since a long with Nitish snapping ties with the saffron party over elevation of Modi in 2013 prior to Lok Sabha polls.

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