Lalu Yadav denies he has been talking to JD(U) President Sharad Yadav
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief, Lalu Prasad Yadav, on Sunday said that the reports that he had spoken to Janata Dal-United (JD-U) president, Sharad Yadav on any alliance are untrue and concocted.
"These are completely baseless and concocted rumors. I haven't spoken to Sharad Yadav. I had no dialogue with anyone regarding this. My statement given on 16th was that all the secular parties of the nation should come together in the context of the nation," Lalu said.
He strongly condemned the news shown by some private channels that he was in touch with the JD-U following Nitish Kumar's dramatic exit yesterday as chief minister of Bihar.
On being asked if Nitish could once again be supported as chief minister of the state Lalu stated, "This is their internal matter."
He mentioned that he is keeping a close watch on the situation and that his party will also have a meeting.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had on Saturday resigned taking moral responsibility for the rout of his Janata Dal (United) in the state in the Lok Sabha elections. He however did not recommend dissolution of the assembly.
Meanwhile, JD-U MLAs will meet here today to choose their leader and decide the party's future course of action.
Janta Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav has said a new government led by JD (U) will be formed in the state.
Talking to reporters in New Delhi, Sharad Yadav said his party is ready to sink differences with RJD Chief Lalu Prasad for forming a secular alliance government in Bihar.
On Friday, in a terse statement, Kumar said that he "respected the mandate of the people" in favour of the BJP.
In an election where the BJP and JD (U) fought separately after their political divorce in 2013 over projecting Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial nominee of the BJP-led NDA, Nitish Kumar's party could win just two seats.
In the 243-member Bihar Assembly, JD(U) has 115 members, BJP 89 and RJD 21.
JD(U) has the support of four members of Congress, one of CPI and two Independents. There are six vacancies.
(Posted on 19-05-2014)