Nitish Kumar said JD-U and RJD will contest 100 seats each, the Congress 40 and the Nationalist Congress Party remaining three seats in the 243-seat assembly. The Bihar Chief Minister said a 'Swabhiman Rally' of the grand alliance would be held at Patna's historic Gandhi Maidan on August 30.

Lalu Prasad said they had joined hands to defeat the BJP and the RSS. "We will reply to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remark about the DNA of Nitish Kumar at our joint rally in Patna," the former chief minister said. The RJD supremo Lalu Prasad also denied any differences among the alliance leaders. "We are united; there is no difference among us. We will defeat the NDA in the assembly polls," Lalu said at the first joint press conference of the two leaders here in the state.

"PM Modi has insulted Bihar and Biharis will take revenge," Lalu said in his inimitable style, adding that they would 'send the BJP and RSS back to Nagpur'. Earlier, both leaders addressed a joint press conference in Delhi in April 2015 along with other leaders of the Janata Parivar. Last year, Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar came together at an election rally for the first time in two decades.

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