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UPA seat-sharing for Bihar polls finalised: Lalu
September 27, 2005 14:20 IST
Last Updated: September 27, 2005 15:14 IST
Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad on Tuesday said the United Progressive Alliance partners had reached a seat-sharing accord under which his party would contest 175 seats while leaving 51 for the Congress, nine for the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and eight for the Nationalist Congress Party.
"The four UPA allies have arrived at a perfect seat-sharing agreement to defeat the communal and fascist forces in the coming assembly elections in Bihar," Prasad announced while addressing a joint press conference with Congress leader Iqbal Singh.
He, however, did not not rule out a friendly fight among the allies at a few places.
Prasad said the UPA would announce a common minimum programme by September 30.
The Congress contested the February elections in alliance with Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party.