Lalu discusses Congress-RJD alliance with Sonia for Jharkhand polls

     Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Saturday called on Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi to hold talks on possibilities for forming an alliance between the two parties for the Jharkhand Assembly elections. Yadav who was accompanied by former Union Minister Premchand Gupta had a 30 minutes long discussion with Sonia Gandhi. Gupta informed the media after the meeting that, Yadav presented the proposal for the polls expected to be held in early 2010. In the last Lok Sabha elections in Jharkhand, Congress had entered into an alliance with the Shibu Soren led Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), dumping the RJD. Last week, the Congress sent a team to Jharkhand to assess the political situation and find out prospects for an alliance. The team failed to find unanimity on whether the Congress should form an alliance with the JMM or the RJD or with former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi's Jharkhand Vikas Morcha. Jharkhand has witnessed six governments in last nine years. It is presently under President's Rule following the resignation of Chief Minister Shibu Soren in January.

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