New Delhi: Rashtriya Janata Dal, or RJD, chief Lalu Prasad on Sunday declared his party’s intention to field candidates against the Congress party in three seats held by it in Bihar.
The RJD, which is part of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance, or UPA, at the Centre, will field candidates in Aurangabad, Sasaram and Madhubani—the three seats currently held by the Congress.
The war between the UPA allies started with Lalu and Lok Janshakti Party, or LJP, chief Ram Vilas Paswan announcing their plans early last week to contest 37 of the 40 Lok Sabha seats from the state, leaving three to the Congress.
The Congress hit back saying it would contest 37 seats and will not field candidates in three constituencies—two being contested by Lalu and one by Paswan.
On Sunday, Lalu likened the Congress’ decision to contest from 37 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar as “digging a well when one’s house is on fire”.
In reply to questions, he said there is no plan to ally with the so-called Third Front, led by the Left parties. “We are part and parcel of the UPA...it’s my responsibility to keep the UPA intact and I am ready to make any sacrifice for it.”
Lalu also said no party, even the Congress, has the capability to form government on its own at the Centre.
Lalu, however, said he has “high respect” for Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
In a veiled attack on his estranged brother-in-law Sadhu Yadav joining the Congress, he said: “Principles change overnight”.