"Talks are on and a decision will be taken in a few days," Ramesh told reporters.
On being asked about choice between Lalu Prasad Yadav and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, he refused to give a pointed answer and said ‘all options are open’.
Ramesh, however, said the majority opinion even that of state unit was to have partner for the polls in Bihar and not go alone in the husting.
On being asked if Nitish Kumar's image of a ‘development man’ and charges of corruption against RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav would influence the decision on alliance, he said "I have not come here to give chit of being good or corrupt to anyone."         

Ramesh, considered close to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, said the decision on alliance would be finalized on two conditions.
First is to strengthen the secular forces in Bihar and second to give muscle to development of the state, Ramesh flanked by PCC chief Ashok Chaudhary said.
To a question if there was division within Congress in making choice between RJD and JD-U, he said, "Congress is not a divided house, but no doors have been shut by us."
Replying to a question if corruption was no criteria for finalizing alliance and isn't going with Lalu Prasad Yadav would damage their reputation, he said that corruption is a big agenda for Congress.         

"The UPA government on initiative of Rahul Gandhi has passed Lokpal bill and by February-end Lokayuktas will be appointed in states," he said.
In reply to a question about his personal equation with the Bihar Chief Minister, Ramesh said it is good but added that whenever they meet they do not talk politics but about development particularly in the rural sectors.


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