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Mahagatbandhan for ‘rainbow coalition’ in Bihar for 2019 polls

Prime News, National (Patna), July 23:- Even as all eyes are set on how the NDA resolves the thorny seat-sharing issue, the rival Mahagatbandhan in Bihar is busy stitching a rainbow coalition to defeat the BJP-led combination in the 2019 general elections.

Efforts are on to cobble up unity and distribute 40 Lok Sabha seats among Mahagatbandhan rainbow coalition partners comprising the RJD, the Congress, the NCP, the HAM (Hindustani Awam Morcha), the Left and Sharad Yadav.

Senior leaders of the constituent parties have been meeting away from the media glare to discuss seat-sharing among them based on “realistic” ground level strength of a party in a constituency, sources in the RJD, Congress and HAM of former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi said.

HAM president had a fruitful meeting with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi early this week, its spokesman Danish Rizwan told PTI.

Congress general secretary in charge of organisation, Ashok Gehlot had met Lalu Prasad in Patna on July 12. His son Tejashwi Yadav has also met Rahul Gandhi several times.

Sources insisted that “in all likelihood” the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) of Union minister Upendra Kushwaha would be part of the Mahagatbandhan.

Kushwaha, Union Minister of state for HRD in the Narendra Modi cabinet, had not responded to an overture of RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav to join them. But, the sources insisted Kushwaha would ultimately move to their camp.

Sources said as per talks so far, out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, Lalu Prasad’s RJD would have almost half of them.

The Congress would get 10, HAM and RLSP 4 each, NCP and Left would get one seat each. Veteran socialist leader Sharad Yadav may field his son on RJD symbol from Madhepura, they claimed.

The Congress is seeking more seats claiming that its support base has increased in the state after the 2015 Assembly election. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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