JD(U) to fight BJP in Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh

Days ahead of a meeting between BJP chief Amit Shah and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, the Janata Dal (United) has upped the ante by deciding to contest forthcoming assembly polls in four states, including BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, on its own.

Though the JD(U) has a nominal presence in these states, the move to field its candidates in elections that are crucial for the BJP — the party is seeking fourth terms in MP and Chhattisgarh and the polls come just ahead of the 2019 LS polls — will be seen as pressure tactics to get the BJP to part with a “reasonable” number of LS seats in Bihar.

The JD(U) has decided to contest in the three states and Mizoram saying the party is “revisiting its roots” where socialist leaders like Ram Manohar Lohia had strong presence. the JD(U) sees itself as a political successor of Lohia thought.

“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.

Source - TOI

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