In a clear message to the Congress in view of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad said his party was willing to ally with secular parties, “including the Congress.”

“If I win, Congress wins. It’s one and the same,” Mr. Prasad told reporters on Wednesday when asked about the Congress’ defeat in Maharajganj.

Mr. Prasad said the RJD was ready to ally with all the secular parties, “including the Congress” to keep communal forces out of power at the Centre.

He also put Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in the dock, calling upon him to state his stand on continuing alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party in light of Narendra Modi’s appointment as head of election campaign committee.

“It is clear now that Mr. Modi is the PM. So what is Mr. Kumar going to do?” Mr. Prasad asked.

Mr. Prasad’s remark about the Congress also assumes significance in the backdrop of Mr. Kumar’s overtures to the national party in regard to special status for Bihar.