Lucknow: JD(U) president Sharad Yadav on Wednesday said his party's decision to go solo in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections would have no effect on the NDA in which it is an alliance partner along with BJP.
"Though we have contested four elections with BJP, this
time it was not possible. So we are going it alone and will be
contesting on all the seats," he told reporters here.
Yadav said talks on UP polls were on with the BJP for two
months but nothing emerged as they were having difficulties in
taking decision, prompting JD(U) to go it alone.
The JD(U) leader said some of those who have been given
entry into the BJP were not toeing the party ideology, but
added that it was an internal matter of the BJP.
He said JD-U's decision would not have any impact on the
NDA at the Centre because in all states, except four, NDA
allies have been contesting separately.
Yadav said that besides him, Bihar Chief Minister Nitesh
Kumar and members of his cabinet would campaign for JD-U in UP
where the effort would be focus on development and justice
besides providing an alternative to the people.
Asserting that there had been "one person rule" in Uttar
Pradesh during the past 20 years, Yadav said all the four
major political players - BSP, BJP, Congress and SP - were
short of issues and were merely indulging in "qawali mukabala"
"Our effort will be to tie the elephant, cycle, lotus
and hand (poll symbols of BSP, SP, BJP and Congress
respectively) and dump them in the Ganga," he said, adding he
was sure the state would have a hung Assembly.