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30/08/2018 10:08 AM IST | Updated 30/08/2018 10:10 AM IST

Now, Lalu Prasad Yadav Has A "Formula" For Selecting A PM Candidate

His comments come after NCP's Sharad Pawar said that the Opposition party with the most number of seats should get to choose PM.

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India's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in a file photo

Even as the BJP attacked the Opposition for not having a prime ministerial face, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav told NDTV that he agreed with National Congress Party's Sharad Pawar over not having a prime ministerial candidate and that the Opposition needed to come together to fight the BJP in the 2019 general election.

Speaking to the TV channel, Yadav, like Pawar, came up with his own formula for choosing a PM saying, it could be decided "in a meeting of all like-minded party leaders in five minutes".

Yadav's comments come close on the heels of Pawar appealing to people in each state not to vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to ensure that the party doesn't come to power in 2019.

Pawar had also said that the Opposition party with the most number of seats could put forth a prime ministerial candidate.

"We have to get the parties together that are not with BJP now. The aim should be to get the BJP out (of power), then after the elections whichever party has more MPs can claim the PM's chair," Pawar had said.

Leaders of several Opposition parties gave suggested in the last few months that "secular" parties should come together to defeat the BJP.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, BSP chief Mayawati, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav have all spoken of "secular" forces coming together for to defeat Modi.

However, it has been seen in the past that an SP-Congress alliance failed miserably in the Uttar Pradesh elections putting a question mark on the future of such an alliance in power at the Centre.