Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (C) with party president Sharad Yadav and KC Tyagi during a party meeting in New Delhi.(Mohd Zakir/HT file photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (C) with party president Sharad Yadav and KC Tyagi during a party meeting in New Delhi.(Mohd Zakir/HT file photo)

JD(U) drops grand alliance idea for UP polls, says will work to defeat BJP

The Janata Dal (United) has dropped the idea of a Bihar-like alliance of so-called secular parties in Uttar Pradesh to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in next year’s assembly elections.
Hindustan Times | By Sudhir Kumar, Varanasi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 15, 2016 12:12 AM IST

The Janata Dal (United) has dropped the idea of a Bihar-like alliance of so-called secular parties in Uttar Pradesh to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in next year’s assembly elections.

“We will strengthen our base across UP, carry out a membership drive and arrange rallies. But we have dropped the grand alliance plan in UP for the upcoming assembly polls,” JD(U) national secretary general KC Tyagi told HT in Varanasi on Wednesday.

In Bihar polls held last year, a grand alliance of rivals JD(U) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) as well as the Congress handed a defeat to the BJP. But, Mulayam Singh Yadav, leader of UP’s ruling Samajwadi Party (SP), had earlier said that he was not interested in such an alliance.

Tyagi said the JD(U) will work hard to stop the BJP from coming to power in the politically crucial state. “We will contest the seats where the JD-U is in a good position and make all efforts to spoil the BJP’s game,” he said.

Tyagi said the BJP can not be an alternative to the SP or Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party. Tyagi stressed people should consider JD(U) as an option.

The BJP on Tuesday sounded the poll bugle in UP, where it fared exceptionally well in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi harped on his development agenda at a mega rally in Allahabad.

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