Given the present situation, it seems that the Janata Parivar partners will campaign for their own candidates despite sealing the deal to check BJP in the state.

Meanwhile, a close aide of Lalu Prasad said, “The Congress is not going to learn from its previous mistakes.” He termed it as Congress' pressure building tactic to get more number of seats in the assembly polls.

According to RJD leader, the Congress is demanding around three dozen seats, while it has been decided to allot it only 18. He said the RJD chief has made grand alliance to check BJP.   

Interestingly, the Congress which contested last assembly elections in alliance with the RJD, preferred JDU to Lalu-led party. It had given its consent over Nitish Kumar as chief ministerial candidate even before announcement of alliance.

The JDU is also not very keen over joint campaign with Lalu Prasad. A senior party leader said, “A large section of the party is in the dilemma over the RJD chief whose image has been 'tainted' during his tenure as Bihar Chief Minister. We have already Nitish Kumar, who is committed to development, has clean image.”

However, on being asked about Lalu canvassing for candidates in his stronghold constituencies, the JDU leader opined, “It will depend on the local candidates.”

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