"Their coming together has scared the people of Bihar once again, who after being scared of the 'Jungle Raj' under Lalu Prasad had voted for Nitish Kumar earlier," party's national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told.

The combined vote share of the RJD and the JD (U) is around 45 percent in comparison to 38 percent of the BJP and its allies-Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP).

Apart from LJP, and RLSP, the BJP is trying to rope in former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and suspended RJD MP Pappu Yadav. Manjhi and Yadav enjoys sizable support among Mahadalits and in Koshi region. Mahadalits were earlier deemed to be core vote bank of Nitish Kumar.  

Earlier in the day, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav announced that Kumar will be the chief ministerial candidate of the JD(U)-RJD combine in Bihar. This came a day after the two parties agreed to fight the Assembly polls in an alliance.

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