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Nitish hopeful, Lalu guarded about developments in Uttar Pradesh

india Updated: Oct 25, 2016 14:01 IST
Vijay Swaroop
Vijay Swaroop
Hindustan Times
UP elections

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has reportedly advised Akhilesh Yadav, his Uttar Pradesh counterpart, to break away from the wrangle and strike out on his own.(Sonu Mehta/ HT )

As leaders of the Samajwadi Party went into a huddle in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow to sort out the differences in the first family of the state, leaders of the Grand Alliance in Bihar’s capital were closely monitoring the developments.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar had asked his UP counterpart, Akhilesh Yadav, to break away from an ongoing party wrangle and strike out on his own during the Janata Dal(United) national convention at Rajgir last week .

On Monday, he was quick to remind SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav’s son that if his efforts to unite six parties of the Samajwadi family to revive the Janata Parivar had taken shape, UP would not have landed in the mess it was facing today.

“But the talks did not move ahead. We tried and tried sincerely. Obstacles came in between. But this does not mean that once the efforts fail, there won’t be further efforts,” Kumar said on Monday during his inspection of different ghats for the upcoming Chhath festival.

“I don’t have to comment on the turn of events within the SP in Uttar Pradesh or within its leading political family. But this is definite that had the efforts reached a logical conclusion, today the situation would have been much better and a new pole would have been created in the political horizon,” he added.

Kumar, who still hopes of the Janata Parivar putting in a joint front, had earlier said that enforcing prohibition in the state could rally enough support in favour of Akhilesh and enable him to strike his own path.

“I have asked him to muster the courage. No risk, no gain - that’s what I tell him. If he is prepared to take the risk, he will not need the crutches of his elders. Not only will women stand up for him, even the JD(U) will be there to back him in his effort to emerge from the shadows of his elders and take an independent path,” the JD(U) national president had said at Rajgir.

Nitish’s advice to his UP counterpart came after his earlier initiative to cobble up the unity of the old Janata Parivar under the leadership of Mulayam Singh Yadav fell through for lack of backing from the SP chief.

On the other hand, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president and Mulayam’s relative was guarded in his comment.

“Mulayam ji is capable of tiding over the situation. I appeal to all Samajwadi Party leaders that they should sort out all issues,” Lalu Prasad Yadav said.

The RJD chief, interestingly, has announced his assistance to Mulayam Singh’s SP during its campaign for the assembly elections in UP, whereas GA alliance partner JD(U) was determined to take an electoral plunge.

Kumar, however, said that JD(U) was still in talks with other parties to forge an alliance.

“However, the actual shape of a coalition, if it could come together, is not yet clear and it needs time to resolve such matters,” he said.

He declined that he had approached the Congress party on this issue.