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The new friends in Indian politics, Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar: Is this alliance going to impact national politics in any way?
Two biggest rivals since years joined hands together to stop a common enemy from invading their stronghold. Yes, we are talking about a new alliance in the form of Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) and Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in Bihar. In their tie up both have got the support of the Congress.

This new alliance between JD(U), RJD and the Congress is targeting to stop BJP from winning by-elections on ten Assembly seats in Bihar. The elections will be on August 21. Out of the 10 seats, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav will contest on four seats each while the Congress will fight on two seats.

The alliance took shape soon after the two giant leaders from Bihar shared the table at an Iftar party hosted by the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on July 28.

This is not a small twist in the Indian politics. The two leaders in past had attacked each other with the sharpest weapon they had in their armoury. But now all of sudden to stop BJP from spreading its wings in Bihar, they have come together.

What is the meaning of this new alliance for the Indian politics? In coming days are we going to see more such surprises in the form of unexpected alliances between bitter foes. May be yes, because in politics nothing is permanent, neither the friendship, nor the enmity.

Awadhesh KumarA senior journalist and political affairs expert Awadhesh Kumar while speaking on the emergence of the new alliance in Bihar said that this new alliance was going to impact the state politics only, not the national politics.

"It is very normal if one chose to join hands with his own enemy when his political career is in bad time. Nitish Kumar (JDU) and Lalu Prasad Yadav (RJD) both are more indulged into electoral politics which forced them to allied. But it is a kind of irony that Nitish Kumar, who always raised his voice against Lalu Prasad Yadav and called his tenure in Bihar as 'Jungle Raj' is now with Lalu Prasad Yadav for political means. So, for regional politics it leaves no indication or mystery behind such alliance. It only indicates that in Bihar, elections will be now triangular. It will be divided into three parties Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav allied party (JDU+RJD), the Congress and the BJP. And this will provide voters with more choices. But it is pretty tough to say that till what time this alliance will remain intact, as alliance's sustainability depends upon the result of Assembly by- elections that will tell who is going to conquer Bihar. But I don't think this will affect Indian politics at all."

Meem AfzalThe Congress party spokesperson Meem Afzal, while commenting on the new alliance in the Indian politics said it is need of the hour. He stated, "It is pretty obvious. There are mini secular forces within the alliance who all are worried about their status in Indian Politics and trying to re-organize themselves. I think it is necessary and it should be done."

Are the non-NDA parties led by the Congress trying to come up with a new front to challenge BJP?

Pardeep K DuttaDr. Pradip K Datta, a professor of political science at Delhi University while answering the above question said, "See, I won't go that far because the Congress is still to get its act together. And there are lot of parties which still don't want to ally with the Congress because until the Congress doesn't get it own house in order there is no question of it at the national level. But what is happening at the local level in Bihar, in regional politics, it is now fight of force survival. So, at the regional level, the regional parties that are now afraid of one party domination are coming up together. Earlier they were afraid of the Congress as one party domination. Now they are afraid of BJP as one party domination. And this fear is bringing Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav together."

After RJD and JD(U) got together, Lalu Yadav suggested two biggest parties in UP, namely BSP and SP to join hands. On this call by Lalu Yadav, Avdhesh Kumar reacted while saying that RJD and JD(U) like alliance will not be possible in UP in any case.

"BSP and SP will never get together, its sounds like Sun and Moon coming together. It is not possible at all in politics. During UPA's tenure both the parties, SP and BSP turned up as a great supporter of the government and that was the only example of their alliance. But if we see it at state level one is opponent of another. Both the parties have their own fixed voters. Lalu Prasad Yadav's plea seems absurd. And secondly, Lalu Prasad Yadav has no connection in Uttar Pradesh as SP doesn't own anything in Bihar. So, SP and BSP will not work according to him. He is just trying to activate his role in national politics. I think such alliances among different parties will not work at all."

Rajesh DixitRajesh Dixit, who is national secretary of Samajwadi Party, has ruled out the possibility of any such alliance between SP and BSP while saying that SP won't act according to suggestions of any other party. He said, "There is no possibility of that and Lalu Prasad Yadav should better concentrate on his party and his position in Bihar rather than worrying about Samajwadi Party."

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