Grand alliance in mind, Nitish to hold rally in Varanasi on April 10

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Varanasi
  • Updated: Mar 17, 2016 15:54 IST
Bihar chief minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar is eyeing a possible Grand Alliance for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh polls. (PTI file photo)

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar will explore the possibility of a grand alliance while maintaining a distance from the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh during his visit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi on April 10.

It would be Kumar’s first political foray in the temple town after the recent Bihar assembly polls in which the BJP was defeated. The Bihar chief minister recently shared the dais with the prime minister at a function in Bihar.

Kumar’s party the Janata Dal (United) JD (U) will maintain a distance from the Samajwadi Party in view of past experiences. Sri Nath Singh Patel, UP state vice president of the Janata Dal (U), said, “Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar will address a rally at Cutting Memorial Inter College ground on April 10. He will explore the possibility of bringing like-minded parties under one umbrella. But, the JD (U) will maintain a distance from the SP.”

He said Rashtriya Lok Dal national president Chaudhary Ajit Singh would also attend the event along with the Bihar CM. “The Janata Dal (United) will also approach like minded parties so that the grand alliance can take shape in UP,” Patel said. Asked if the bonhomie between PM and Bihar CM could result change in a political equation, Patel said, “No. Not all. Bonhomie is part of etiquette. Political ideologies of the BJP and JD (U) are entirely different,” Patel said.

Bihar JD-U in-charge former MLA Satish Kumar and a large of number of party workers from across the state and adjoining districts of Bihar were likely to attend the event. He indicated that a few leaders of regional parties, especially active in eastern Uttar Pradesh, may meet the Bihar chief minister.

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