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03.08.2017
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New Delhi

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday said he was in touch with senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and would discuss with him the formation of a “formidable” front against the BJP.

“Sharadji has always fought against the BJP and the RSS. He is pro-poor and minorities. He is coming to Patna on August 8. I will discuss with him the next course of action,” Lalu told reporters in Ranchi after appearing in court in a fodder scam case.

Lalu said the BJP would continue losing elections in Bihar despite the saffron party joining the government after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar broke away from the Mahagathbandhan.

Lalu also questioned the induction of “tainted” ministers in the new JD(U)-BJP government, citing a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms, an NGO working for electoral and political reform. Lalu claimed at least 70% ministers, including Nitish Kumar, have criminal cases against them.

The RJD chief also announced the launch of a Bihar-wide tour by son and former deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav. The tour will start from Champaran on August 9 to galvanize supporters for a grand rally at Gandhi Maidan on August 27.

Lalu’s statements come a day after reports said Sharad Yadav, who has voiced displeasure over the split in Bihar's Grand Alliance, might float a new party. 

Although Yadav has voiced his displeasure over JD(U) walking out of the Grand Alliance and embracing BJP to form a government in Bihar, he has refrained from attacking party president and chief minister Nitish Kumar so far.

There is unease in a section of the JD(U) over Kumar joining hands with the BJP, with at least two of its Rajya Sabha MPs — Ali Anwar and Veerendra Kumar — making their displeasure public.

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