To keep BJP away, another pre-poll alliance before UP polls on cards

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Though Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) had polled less than one per cent of vote share in 219 constituencies in the state, this time around the ruling partner in Bihar is trying to cobble up seven political parties in a pre-poll alliance targetting non-Jatav and non-Yadav support base (meaning Bharatiya Janata Party ) in the next Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.

The parties include Congress, Rashtriya Lok Dal, JD(U), Peace Party, Mahan Dal, Apna Dal and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party. These parties put together, in fact, had bagged about as much as 19% of votes in the 2012 UP Assembly elections.

JD(U) president Sharad Yadav’s announcement to support Ajit Singh-led RLD in by-polls to three Assembly segments marked the formal movement towards creation of an alternative pre-poll alliance after Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party’s snub to the JD(U)’s brainwave of a grand alliance against the BJP on the lines of mahagathbandhan in Bihar.

With no leader matching Mayawati’s stature among Dalits and Mulayam Singh Yadav’s stature among Yadavs, the JD(U)’s efforts, party leaders confessed, are attached on pushing up Nitish Kumar’s image among the non-Yadav backward castes to take on the saffron party, which had beaten the SP in 2014 general polls.

“Charan Singh and Karpoori Thakur’s political constituencies remain unrepresented in UP. Our party is trying to join these two constituencies into a broader, single one,” said JD(U) general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP KC Tyagi told ET.

Meanwhile, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has said he wouldn’t allow metro project in Patna if historical value of the city is affected due to it. Some technique has to be developed to ensure it.