In a significant development ahead of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, JD(U) and erstwhile BSP leader R K Choudhary today joined forces with RLD and backed RLD chief Ajit Singh’s son Jayant Chaudhary as chief ministerial candidate.
JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his party colleague Sharad Yadav and Choudhary addressed a rally jointly with Ajit Singh here in the RLD-stronghold, seeking support for his son and former MP Jayant Chaudhary.
“We had been in talks about UP since February-March. People here want a change…
People of UP want change and they want to get rid of all those who have already been given a chance in the state,” said Kumar while addressing the rally.
He said the scenario in UP has been that either BSP or SP has been coming to power alternately
“Contrary to the statements that are doing round about UP, here it is not BJP, BSP or SP. It is only Jayant Chaudhary,” the Bihar Chief Minister said.
Kumar, who has intensified campaign in UP with rallies in eastern and western parts of the state, said people, including women, turned up in these programmes to highlight their woes.
Attacking BJP, he said the people of UP had given them 71 Lok Sabha seats in 2014 which not one leader of the saffron party could have imagined.
“They said additional 50 per cent MSP would be given on crops, good days will come. People voted for them and see the situation today,” the JD(U) leader said.
Referring to Crop Insurance Scheme, he noted that it has been renamed as Prime Minister Beema Fasal Yojna.
“I am the Chief Cinister of a state. Let me tell you, under this so-called new scheme the Centre, the state and the farmer has to pay the premium equally. But they have named it ‘Prime Minister Beema Fasal Yojna’. It should have instead been named ‘Prime Minister-Chief Minister-Farmer Beema Fasal Yojna,” he said.