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RJD Says In Talks With TMC To Fight Bengal Polls, Mamata Party Denies It | India News

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KOLKATA: Bihar’s main opposition party, RJD, said on Sunday that it is in talks with the Trinamool Congress to fight together in the next West Bengal elections, but the leaders of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s party said they would not such discussions are taking place.
RJD Senior Secretary General Abdul Bari Siddiqui and National Secretary General Shyam Rajak are in Calcutta to strike an agreement with TMC for the Bengal elections, RJD leaders said.
“We will meet with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday to fight together against the Bengal elections,” Rajak told PTI.
Siddiqui and Rajak met with RJD leaders in the state prior to discussions with Banerjee.
However, TMC leaders said no talks are taking place on any link with the RJD for the West Bengal elections.
RJD spokesman Mrityunjay Tiwary said by phone from Patna that the party is exploring the possibility of contesting some seats on the Bengal-Bihar border.
However, he did not give figures on which the party plans to fight in state elections, probably in April-May.
Banerjee has a cordial relationship with RJD Supreme Lalu Prasad, and the party wants to strengthen its hands in the Bengal polls, Tiwary said.
The main objective of the RJD is to prevent the “communal” BJP from increasing its influence in West Bengal and to strengthen the secular forces under the leadership of the TMC chief, he added.
Although not a notable player in Bengal politics, the RJD, which emerged as the largest party in recently concluded Bihar polls and enjoys considerable support among Muslims as well as the Yadavs, is considering some seats on the border. interstate that have a considerable number of Hindu-speaking voters.
RJD had an MLA in the Bengal assembly between 2006 and 2011 during the Left Front government.

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