The Bihar Post

Left ‘ignored’ in UP poll race, Nitish Kumar’s JD-U to contest elections alone


PATNA: There seems to be no takers for the Janata Dal United in Uttar Pradesh where assembly elections are to begin early next month.

Left totally ignored in the race for UP polls, the JD-U headed by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has now announced to contest the elections alone on its own strength.

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“We are planning to contest UP elections alone. Right now, the JD-U has not entered into an alliance with any party,” state JD-U chief Vashishta Narayan Singh told the media yesterday.

He denied the JD-U made any initiative for alliance with any political parties, including the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) of Ajit Singh.

Informed sources, however, said the JD-U made every bid to enter into an alliance with the RLD and even held a rally with Ajit Singh in Badaut town of Baghpat district in UP on October 5 last year where the leaders agreed to project Jayant Chaudhary as the combine’s chief ministerial face.

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The JD-U even tried hard to stitch up an alliance with the Samajwadi Party and was quick to send its representative at the SP rally held in November last year to mark the silver jubilee.

Party was hopeful that the SP will make initiate for alliance bur Mulayam Singh Yadav took no interest in it.

Party’s last hope was Akhilesh Yadav after the Election Commission recognized him as the SP head and allotted him the party’s Cycle symbol but he took ignored and is learnt to have interested in entering into an alliance with only the Congress. Akhilesh has not taken notice of even RLD willingness for seat adjustment.

The reason why no party is taking any notice of JD-U is that it has just no base in UP and it will be a surprise it is able to save its security deposit, say observers.

Earlier RJD chief Lalu Prasad had announced to mediate between Nitish Kumar and Akhilesh. It’s not known what happened to Prasad’s initiative.

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