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LJD will contest 50 seats in Rajasthan: Sharad Yadav

LJD leader says the party will fight the assembly elections ‘most likely’ in an alliance with the Congress

rajasthan elections 2018 Updated: Aug 06, 2018 23:02 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
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Loktantrik Janta Dal leader Sharad Yadav interacts with media persons in Jaipur on Monday.(HT Photo)

Loktantrik Janta Dal (LJD) will contest from 50 seats in assembly polls in Rajasthan later this year most likely in an alliance with the Congress and would support the “Mahagathbandhan” (grand alliance) of Opposition parties against the BJP in the 2019 parliamentary elections, its leader Sharad Yadav on Monday.

Yadav said the BJP government in Rajasthan has failed on all fronts and the people will oust the party in the coming assembly elections.

“During the two-day visit, I met number of party workers and people from various communities and felt that in last four-and-a-half years the government has done nothing for the welfare of public. People from different strata of society – farmers, youth, women, Dalits, minority and tribals — all have suffered under this government and are waiting to change it,” he said.

“Farmers are committing suicide, dalits and backwards are beaten-up, minors are raped, and Rajasthan is leading in incidents related to mob lynching, unemployed and activists are latticharged, development works are stalled and all schemes are facing corruption,” Yadav said, adding LJD will contest on 50 seats in the state assembly election.

On the 2019 Lik Sabha elections, Yadav said, “Congress will be at the forefront of the ‘Grand Alliance’. We will support it and anyone can be the prime minister.”

Addressing a press conference, Yadav also hit out at Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Muzaffarpur rapes case, saying that it should be investigated by a team headed by a retired judge and the state government should act in the matter “responsibly”.

On the debate over the final draft of the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC), which excluded over 40 lakh people, the LJD leader said the Centre should hold an all-party meeting to discuss the issue.


First Published: Aug 06, 2018 23:02 IST