1. JD(U), BJD open for ‘Grand Alliance’ against BJP in UP; Nitish Kumar asks Congress to take initiative

JD(U), BJD open for ‘Grand Alliance’ against BJP in UP; Nitish Kumar asks Congress to take initiative

Ahead of the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on November 2 said that there could only be an 'alliance' in UP. He said that a grand alliance is possible in UP only if both SP and BSP get together and Congress, the bigger party takes an initiative to form the alliance.

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Ahead of the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on November 2 said that there could only be an ‘alliance’ in UP. He said that a grand alliance is possible in UP only if both SP and BSP get together and Congress, the bigger party takes an initiative to form the alliance. At a function in Patna Nitish Kumar told reporters, “It is becoming clear now that there would only be an alliance in UP. For a grand alliance, like the one in Bihar, the SP, BSP and Congress have to come together,” The India Express reported. Nitish denied of his party JD(U) having any talks with Congress for an alliance in the state. He said, “We had no talks with them. The Congress is the bigger party and should take initiative to make the grand alliance in UP. So far, there are signs of UP having the only alliance for 2017 Assembly polls.”

Meanwhile, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on the same day indicated that it was willing to join a grand alliance against the BJP if it is formed, IE reported. Bhartruhari Mahtab, BJD’s Parliamentary Party leader in the Lok Sabha said, “Our position is that we may reconsider our stand of equidistance from both the Congress and BJP. Politics is dynamic and nobody is untouchable. In 1997, when everyone considered BJP as untouchable, we had allied with it.” Indicating that the party may consider the alliance even if Congress joined it. Mahtab added, “For the last two years, we have maintained equidistance from the BJP and Congress, but that does not mean we will not reconsider our stand. Once the front takes shape, we may reconsider our position.”

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar was not able to make it to Samajwadi Party’s Lucknow function owing to several reasons, Chhat festival being one of them. Nitish Kumar was quoted as saying, “We have been in support of unity (of the Janata Parivar). We were close to merging six parties. We do not want to get into internal disputes of the party. Besides, the SP function coincides with Chhath. People at my home observe the festival and it would be difficult to take time out of it.”

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