In a desperate bid to cobble up a broad opposition alliance for the 2019 general elections, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), has offered the Siwan and Ara parliamentary seats to the CPI(ML) despite fighting the Left group bitterly over the decades. The Chandrashekhar case is still being heard. The move also shows some desperation in RJD ranks and a major concession to CPI(ML). RJD chief Lalu Prasad, his wife and former CM Rabri Devi elder daughter Misa Yadav and two of her sisters, besides Prasad’s sons, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and Tej Pratap are already under the scanner of the income tax, CBI and enforcement directorate. The reaching out to CPI-ML, the lead Left group in Bihar with three assembly seats, is part of Lalu’s strategy to ally with the entire Left phalanx , including CPM and CPI in Bihar, besides the ML group.
Source: Hindustan Times December 07, 2017 01:52 UTC