"This is the right time for talks on poll alliance. We will take a decision about it after talks between the leaders of both parties," Prasad told reporters after reaching here from New Delhi.

Prasad's response has come in the backdrop of JD(U)'s decision to forge a grand alliance of secular parties against the BJP in the bypoll for ten Assembly seats next month, considered a semi-final before next year's crucial Assembly elections.

The JD(U) at its state executive meeting on Sunday last had announced its decision to go for seat-sharing with RJD in the upcoming Assembly bye-elections on August 21 as part of its efforts to have a tie-up in the next Assembly elections and had authorised its state president Basistha Narayan Singh to talk to secular parties on contesting the bypoll jointly.

Singh had gone to Delhi on Sunday evening, whereas per reports, he was to hold talks with Prasad and others.

With the arrival of RJD chief here, speculations are rife about a decision on a tie-up and finalisation of a seat sharing formula. The last date for filing nominations for the bye-election on ten Assembly seats is August 2.

Nitish Kumar had favoured taking the Congress and the CPI in the secular alliance.     The ten Assembly constituencies going to the bypolls in Bihar are Narkatiaganj, Rajnagar, Jale, Chapra, Hajipur, Mohiuddinagar, Parbatta, Bhagalpur, Banka and Mohania.

Five of them fell vacant after their representatives got elected to the Lok Sabha, while the rest became unoccupied due to resignations.

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