After SP's pullout, JD(U) says will resolve issues with Mulayam
The JD(U) on Thursday said it will sort out differences with Mulayam Singh Yadav after his Samajwadi Party pulled out of the grand alliance in Bihar saying it felt "humiliated" over the issue of seat sharing in the poll-bound state.india Updated: Sep 17, 2015 17:43 IST
The JD(U) on Thursday said it will sort out differences with Mulayam Singh Yadav after his Samajwadi Party pulled out of the grand alliance in Bihar saying it felt "humiliated" over the issue of seat sharing in the poll-bound state.
The SP pulled out of the so-called grand alliance on Thursday, saying it was not happy over the number of seats allotted to it for the upcoming assembly elections.
SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav said at a press conference in Lucknow that the party was planning to go it alone as it was not consulted on seat-sharing by its alliance partners - the JD(U), the RJD and the Congress.
Soon after the SP announced its decision, Janata Dal(United) president Sharad Yadav said "the country is full of internal contradictions" when asked whether it was a major setback to his attempt to bring all non-BJP parties together.
The JD(U) chief told reporters in Patna said he will find a "solution" after talking to "Bhai (brother) Mulayam".
"Let me tell you our alliance will remain. We will talk and will find a solution. I will not go into details but let me assure you it will not hurt our alliance. We are old very old colleagues. I have to talk to Bhai (brother) Mulayam. I have talked to him once. I will talk to him again. We will resolve this finally," said Sharad Yadav.
While responding to a question whether he suspects that the SP was "playing into the hands of the BJP" by walking out of the alliance in Bihar, the JD(U) leader dismissed the suggestions. Mulayam Singh Yadav had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi some time back while Ram Gopal Yadav reportedly met BJP chief Amit Shah on Monday before a meeting of NDA constituents.
"This angle is not correct. Mulayam Singh Yadav is not someone new. There was a time when he had even got the acronym of Maulana Mulayam. Please do not take out any such meaning. Political leaders meet among themselves. Even I meet leaders of many parties. Does that I mean I am working in tandem with them," he said.
"We will solve it since a problem has arisen. You have to see the country is full of internal contradictions."
The SP's decision will be a big blow to the anti-BJP Janata Parivar as Mulayam was the one who made Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad forget their differences over seat-sharing and come together on the same platform ahead of the polls slated for October. SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is also the leader of the proposed umbrella party of six erstwhile constituents of Janata Parivar.
Trashing the Janata Parivar move, Ram Gopal Yadav said he was of the opinion that joining the front would be like "signing the death warrant of the Samajwadi Party."
"Where was the Janata Parivar? It never existed for real," he said in reply to a question on the future of the alliance.
The SP was allotted only five seats in the contest to the 243-member Bihar assembly -- three seats abandoned by the NCP and two given up by the RJD. Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal(U) and Lalu Prasad's RJD had announced they will fight 100 seats each, with 40 going to the Congress. Mulayam's party had originally demanded 47 seats, but after several climbdowns it put the final demand at 12.
The grand alliance was riven by differences over seat distribution from its very outset. Last month, Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party walked out of the group after it was allotted only three seats. Even the Left parties have decided to contest the Bihar polls separately.
(With agency inputs)
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