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Being neglected, JD(U) decides to skip poll campaign in UP


Will pray for the success of Cong-SP alliance, groans the pained party

Patna : Pained over being left out of Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance, JD(U) has decided not to contest assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. Party president and chief minister of Bihar will neither go to UP for campaign.

Making the announcement here, JDU national secretary general KC Tyagi said here on Wednesday that Nitish Kumar will not be visiting UP to seek votes for the SP-Congress alliance candidates. Party is pained as it was left out of the alliance, nor the RLD was included in the new formation, Tyagi regretted.

The changed stand of the party is contrary to the earlier decision of Nitish Kumar who had addressed over six public meetings in divisional. Nitish had tried for electoral alliance between JDU, RLD and SP, but he could not succeed. Tyagi emphatically said that Nitish will not go to UP for poll campaign.

Tyagi added that the alliance between Congress and SP would get his party’s moral support as Nitish was keen to ensure success of the secular forces. “We will pray from Patna for the success of the alliance,” he said.

In the 2012 Assembly elections, JDU had fielded its candidates in 219 constituencies and they lost their deposits in all the seats getting only 0.36 pc of the total votes.

Rashtriya Janata Dal led by Lalu Prasad Yadav is also not in the. His two daughters are married to the family of Mulayam Singh Yadav and one of his sons-in-law has been nominated as SP candidate in UP.

Bhai Virendra, senior RJD MLA in a statement on Wednesday criticized Nitish saying Nitish Kumar should clear his stand. “Nitish Kumar cannot swim on two boats simultaneously. He must explain whether he is with the BJP or the people of Bihar”, he said.