Keeps RJD on tenterhooks

Keeping the Rashtriya Janata Dal on tenterhooks about a pre-poll alliance, the Bihar Congress said on Sunday that it had been directed by the party’s central leadership to gear up for contesting all 40 Lok Sabha seats in the State.

“I am not aware on any talks between the Congress and the RJD-led parties to firm up a pre-poll alliance...as far as I am concerned, the central leadership has asked us to start preparations to contest all 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar,” Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Kumar Chaudhary told reporters here.

‘Going to abide by directive’

“As far as the Bihar Congress is concerned, we are going to abide by our party leadership’s directive and prepare the groundwork to contest all 40 Lok Sabha seats in the State,” he said.

On the RJD leaders exuding confidence about working out a pre-poll tie with the Congress, Chaudhary said it was for the other party to explain about the basis of their claims.

‘Cleanliness drive’

Meanwhile, trying to win the hearts of the people, Mr. Chaudhary led his party leaders and activists armed with broomsticks, on cleanliness drive on the streets of the State capital on Sunday.

He, however, denied the exercise had anything to do with politics and claimed the drive was aimed at generating awareness among the citizens.