JD (U) state unit president Vashisht Narain Singh and his RJD counterpart Ram Chandra Purve on Friday told reporters that Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar will jointly campaign for the by-polls.

"Both Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar will share dais and address public meetings seeking support and vote for the candidates representing the JD-U, RJD and Congress alliance," said Vashisht Narain Singh.

According to political watchers here, it was in 1991 Lok Sabha polls that Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar were last seen together during the poll campaigns.

Nitish Kumar, who had contested from Barh constituency, had lost. The new allies RJD and Congress of Bihar's ruling JD (U) are contesting the by-elections together to defeat the BJP in the state.

Vashisht Narain Singh and Ram Chandra Purve also ended the controversy over Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's statement that Nitish Kumar will again be the Chief Minister if the JD (U) alliance gets a majority in next year's assembly polls.

"The alliance will select its Chief Minister only after 2015 assembly polls," they said.

Manjhi made the statement in Dhanbad that he would like to see Nitish Kumar as the Chief Minister and the Prime Minister as he is the most popular leader, both the RJD and the Congress expressed their strong reservations over it.

The JD (U), RJD and Congress alliance was announced on July 30 to contest the by-elections in 10 assembly constituencies. The JD (U) and RJD leaders said that the alliance was vital for strengthening secular forces and defeating communal parties in the state.

The JD (U) and the RJD, which parted ways in 1994, came together after the BJP swept the Lok Sabha polls in Bihar.

Interestingly, the JD (U) had snapped its 17-year long ties with BJP over Narendra Modi’s elevation in the saffron party.

In the last general elections, BJP had decimated both RJD and JD (U). The RJD and the JD (U) had won four and two seats respectively. Despite winning four seats, the RJD got around 30 percent vote share in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, while its new ally JD (U) received around 15 percent vote share.

Earlier in 2009, the JD (U) in alliance with the BJP won 20 out of 40 LS seats in the state. The RJD’s LS tally was four in 2009.

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