Failed to form a Mahagathbandhan, JD-U not to contest in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls
JD(U) general secretary K C Tyagi along with other party leaders RCP Singh, Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lallan Singh and others were addressing journalists at party headquarter in Patna
The Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Wednesday announced that it will not contest the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Polls thereby putting a stop to days of speculation on alliance formation.
"JD-U will not contest in Uttar Pradesh to ensure the defeat of communal forces by minimising the chances of a split in secular votes," JD-U national spokesperson K.C Tyagi told the media.
“To protect the constituency for secular forces we’ve taken the decision not to contest assembly election in UP,” declared K.C. Tyagi.
Tyagi along with other party leaders RCP Singh, Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lallan Singh and others were addressing journalists at party headquarter in Patna.
“We’ll pray from here in Patna that the secular forces would win the poll there”, JD(U) leader and state Water Resource Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh said.
Responding to queries whether JD(U) chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would go for campaigining, if he gets an invitation from his UP counterpart Akhilesh Yadav, Singh strongly replied, “No, Nitish Kumar will not go there”.
Tyagi said the decision was taken after the leaders of the party agreed "not to split the anti-BJP votes". But he also expressed annoyance over the party's failure to forge a Bihar-like Grand Alliance in Uttar Pradesh where BJP has high hopes of winning.
Nitish Kumar addressed nearly half a dozen public meetings last year by keeping the hopes of contesting the election alive.