Poor Cohesion In Bihar Grand Alliance
The Hindu|March 29, 2019
Poor Cohesion In Bihar Grand Alliance

RJD-Congress stand-off over some seats continues; joint press conference of allies postponed

Sandeep Phukan, Amarnath Tewary

All does not appear to be well in Bihar’s mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) as fresh tensions between allies delayed the formal induction of film star-turned-neta Shatrughan Sinha’s entry into the Congress.

Mr. Sinha met Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday, but he is expected to formally join only on April 6, once seat sharing talks are completely resolved.

The stand-off between the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress over some seats led to a series of meetings in Patna and Delhi.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav had to cancel his campaign trip to Katihar, Banka and Jamui. Amid speculation of a break-up through the day, a joint press meeting of the allies in Patna was postponed to Friday.

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March 29, 2019