JD(U), RJD to contest assembly polls as allies in Assam and West Bengal

  • Vijay Swaroop, Hindustan Times, Patna
  • Updated: Mar 15, 2016 16:17 IST
The JD(U) and the RJD will join hands to contest the assembly elections in Assam and West Bengal. (HT File Photo)

The two major grand alliance (GA) partners of Bihar— JD(U) and RJD—will join hands to contest the coming assembly elections in Assam and West Bengal.

JD (U) general secretary Arun Kumar Srivastava left for Assam on Monday to identify seats and candidates for contesting the elections. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, along with Tyagi, is scheduled to campaign in Assam, party sources said.

In Assam, the JD (U) is also in talks with All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), led by Dhubri MP Badruddin Ajmal, as well as, other regional parties.

Sounding confident about party putting up a ‘good performance’ in both the states, Tyagi said that JD(U) was hopeful of increasing the number of seats that the party was hoping to contest in West Bengal.

“We are in talks with the Congress leadership and we believe that the manner in which Congress was adjusted by the other GA partners by being given more seats in Bihar, we will also get a better deal from the Congress (in Assam),” said Tyagi.

Other than Assam and West Bengal, the JD(U) also plans to contest the May assembly polls in Kerala. Tyagi said the party was yet to take any final decision on the issue of contesting polls in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

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