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Lalu: Considering appealing to Supreme Court

As the largest party in the state, the RJD said, they should have been invited first to form a government in Bihar. Photograph: (ANI)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 27, 2017, 08.46 AM (IST)

Lalu Prasad said on Thursday that he was considering appealing to the Supreme Court against the governor's decision to invite the JD(U)'s Nitish Kumar and the BJP to form a government in Bihar considering the RJD is the largest party in the state. 

The RJD has 81 MLAs, the JD(U) 71, the BJP 53, and the Congress 27. 

He added that efforts to cobble together a combined Opposition would continue. 

"Mayawati, Akhilesh, Mamata, we will get them all together, so what if Nitish has gone to the BJP?" ANI quoted Lalu as saying. 

When asked if he had been asked to break the mahagatbandhan -- the former JDU-RJD-Congress alliance that was ruling the state -- he said that was fake news emanating from Delhi. 

"This is all fake news from Delhi," ANI quoted him as saying. 

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He added that Wednesday's breakneck developments -- Nitish's sudden resignation, the announcement that he was joining hands with the BJP -- had been fixed in advance.  

"On many occasions, Nitish met PM Modi, had lunch. The timing of whatever happened was already fixed," he said.

And, perhaps optimistically, he added that this was the end of Nitish Kumar. 

Most political commentators however were on Wednesday (when the news first broke that Nitish was joining hands with the BJP) and Thursday saying the opposite -- that it is Lalu who is going to find the going lonely. 

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