PATNA: RJD chief Lalu Prasad today said the present secular alliance comprising Samajwadi Party and the Congress was sufficient to defeat the BJP in the UP assembly polls.
Talking to reporters, Prasad said both the SP and the Congress have a strong base in the UP which both the parties have ruled for long.
“Apart from this, the RJD too has announced to lend its support to the secular alliance while the JD has also declared not to contest assembly elections in the state. All these factors will substantially help the secular alliance in the UP,” Prasad declared.
The RJD had also played a significant role in settling the family feud when the confrontation between SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son chief Akhilesh Yadav was at its peak by holding separate talks with both factions.
In another boost to the secular combine, the RJD chief has also announced to campaign for the SP-Congress alliance in the elections to trounce the “communal forces”. “We will again defeat the communal forces like Bihar,” Prasad has declared.
However, similar enthusiasm and warmth are missing in the JD-U camp. Although the JD-U pulled out from the UP polls to “prevent split” in secular votes, the party, at the same time, has declared its president and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar will not campaign for any party in UP.
The JD-U is miffed at the way the party was left ignored in the seat sharing deal between the SP and the Congress.