According to sources, the Congress has already begun backdoor talks with the JD (U) keeping in mind the decline in RJD vote bank in the state.

The Congress seems in no mood of taking chances ahead of the upcoming general elections and if the two parties enter into an alliance, it will be a big jolt to RJD, which is facing rebel within the party.

It is to be noted that the former Bihar chief minister had two days ago said that the time for forging alliance is over and he would now focus and concentrate to get ready for Lok Sabha poll campaign.

The RJD on Saturday had offered 11 seats to Congress and one seat to the UPA ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).  Seat sharing talks have not got finalized because two Lok Sabha seats are the main bone of contention.

Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmad said that his party is ready to sacrifice Lok Sabha seats for a secular alliance in Bihar. But reports suggest that the Congress leader is keen to contest from Madhubani where he registered a thumping victory in 2004.

RJD legislature party leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui also wants to contest from there as he narrowly lost it to the BJP in 2009. Shakeel Ahmad finished at third in 2009.

JPN/Bureau

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