"Ambiguity on alliance issue should end as early as possible in Bihar", Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmed said, while reflecting the opinion of a large section of party members from Bihar. (Agencies)
A high-level committee headed by senior Congress leader AK Antony is looking into the issue of alliances for Congress in various states.
The committee led by Antony has to decide whether the Congress should tie-up with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD, Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) or go alone.
In the last Lok Sabha polls, Congress contested on its own as RJD and LJP parted ways with the UPA and contested together. Congress could get only two out of the 40 seats in the state.
There is no likelihood of Congress joining hands with the JD (U), given the fact that Nitish is now with the 11-party non-Congress, non-BJP formation.
State Congress leaders note that Paswan walked over to the NDA after he failed to finalize the seat arrangements with RJD as part of a larger Congress-RJD-LJP tie-up.
Ahmed's remarks came at a time when there has been general talk in the party that it is just a matter of time that the Congress alliance with RJD will be finalized.
Top Congress leaders had earlier maintained that an effective secular alliance in Bihar has to have three parties in such a formation. The dilemma was only about whether to go with RJD having a ‘tainted’ leader like Lalu Prasad Yadav or Nitish Kumar's JD (U).
Paswan had declared last month that there was no doubt about his alliance with Congress, which has to choose between RJD and JD (U).
A day before Paswan announced a tie-up with BJP, he had alleged that there was lack of seriousness on the issue of alliance when he was talking to Congress and RJD and he was forced to look for alternative after being ‘humiliated’.
Ram Vilas Paswan-led party stitched up a pre-poll alliance with BJP on Thursday night, returning to the NDA fold 12 years after it quit over Gujarat riots.
The LJP will fight seven out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar under a seat-sharing deal.
Paswan parted ways with the NDA in April 2002, citing Gujarat riots.
"Ambiguity on alliance issue should end as early as possible in Bihar", Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmed said, while reflecting the opinion of a large section of party members from Bihar.