JD(U) To Contest Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh And Mizoram State Polls Independently

| July 3 , 2018 , 08:23 IST

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar broke off the 'Grand Alliance' with RJD and Congress in the state to ally with the BJP, however, media reports on Tuesday said that Kumar's party the Janata Dal (United) will be contesting upcoming assembly elections in 4 states independently and not with the BJP.

According to reports, JD(U) has decided to contest the upcoming assembly elections in BJP-ruled Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh independently, against its Bihar ally BJP.

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Considering that the JD(U) has a nominal presence in the 3 states, and that the respective state elections are crucial for the BJP as it seeks another term, the move of JD(U) to fight independently is being seen as a pressure tactic, said a TOI report. The report added that the JD(U) pressure tactics are aimed at encouraging the BJP to part with a 'reasonable' number of Lok Sabha seats in Bihar.

The JD(U) contesting independently in the 3 BJP states and Mizoram was described as the party “revisiting its roots” where socialist leaders like Ram Manohar Lohia had strong presence, of whom the JD(U) considers itself a political successor.

“After Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu Prasad deviated from the socialist agenda, Nitish Kumar has decided to revisit places that used to be the socialist strongholds,” said JD(U) general secretary KC Tyagi.

The decision of the JD(U) comes at a time when the Opposition parties are coming together to project a united front to take on the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's charisma ahead of the 2019 elections.