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Cong to decide on tie-up with JD-U after 2014

Patna: The Congress on Saturday said it voted for Nitish Kumar government on its trust motion as part of a 'strategy' and would decide about having an alliance with JD-U or RJD only after announcement of the Lok Sabha polls.

"The Congress is a political party and it voted for Nitish Kumar on the trust motion as part of the strategy to keep communal forces away," Congress General Secretary and in-charge of Bihar Affairs CP Joshi said.

"It was a one-day session and there was one agenda (trust vote). So we went with the Nitish Kumar government after it separated from BJP. But Congress will fight against the Bihar government if it pursues any anti-people activity," Joshi said.

"Right now our efforts will be to make Congress stand on its own feet in the state... The question of alliance will be dealt with when Lok Sabha polls are announced," he said.

Appreciating Nitish Kumar's decision to sever ties with BJP, he said, "When he (Nitish Kumar) realized that BJP was using him to pursue its communal agenda, he severed ties with it which is appreciable."

This is Joshi's first visit to Bihar after being made the in-charge of the state. To a question, Joshi ruled out any possibility of Congress joining the Nitish Kumar ministry. "I am telling you repeatedly that we voted for Nitish Kumar government on trust motion as part of a political strategy but that does not mean we are on the same platform," he said categorically.

When asked who was more secular between Nitish Kumar, who was given certificate by the Prime Minister, and Congress' old friend Lalu Prasad, the senior leader ducked the question. "I am not authenticated to give qualified statement as who is secular," he said.

The party has four MLAs in 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly and two Lok Sabha members including Speaker Meira Kumar, out of 40.

(Agencies)

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