"I have talked to Lalu Prasad, Congress state chief Ashok Choudhary, its legislature party leader Sadanand Singh and CPI secretary Rajendra Singh seeking their support for victory of two JD(U) candidates in the bypoll to Rajya Sabha in Bihar," said Nitish Kumar.

The two JD (U) nominees - diplomat-politician Pawan Varma and Gulam Rasool Balyawi - are facing stiff challenge from independents - real estate baron Anil Sharma and Sabir Ali who are being backed by party rebels and BJP in the June 19 bypoll.

The former chief minister said he has appealed to the three secular parties to foil the BJP's design of destabilising Jitan Ram Manjhi-led government and thrust an early election in Bihar.

When asked to comment on whether his move to approach Lalu to bail out the JD (U) candidates was due to political compulsion, Kumar said, “No it is because of political circumstance.”

"It is due to political circumstance as we have now to fight a common enemy in BJP which is mocking at us,” he added.

"BJP is the main conspirator in the RS bypoll (for supporting rebellion within JD-U and backing two Independents).It aims to destabilise Jitan Ram Manjhi-led government and thrust an early election in Bihar," he said.

Arithmetic is weighing against ruling JD (U) in the bypoll. In the Bihar Assembly, whose effective strength at present is 232 due to 11 vacancies, JD (U) has 117 MLAs including the Speaker, BJP 84, RJD 21, Congress 4, Independents 5 and CPI 1.

In normal circumstances, the victory of JD(U) candidate was guaranteed but with a large number of its legislators turning rebels and supporting independents along with BJP, the vote of 21 RJD MLAs holds the key to the result in the bypoll.


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