Lucknow: Mulayam Singh Yadav today said that his Samajwadi Party will fight the Bihar election alone; he has walked out of “the Grand Alliance” that was formed with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, regional heavyweight Lalu Yadav, and the Congress.
We will contest the elections alone with full might and win more seats than we have been allotted by the alliance leaders, Yadav said.
“If need be, we will speak to some other parties for support, but that is not on the table as of now,”party leader Ram Gopal Yadav added.
Stating reasons for the party’s decision to go alone in the crucial polls, Yadav said, “We were not consulted about seat sharing and felt insulted by Lalu and Nitish Kumar’s tactics.”
Announcing the seat sharing formula, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, earlier said that the RJD and JD(U) will contest 100 seats each and the Congress will contest 40 seats. He also expressed hope that other parties such as the NCP and the INLD will join the coalition.
Earlier this year, Nitish Kumar announced the grand secular alliance and seat sharing among the three parties in presence of RJD President Lalu Prasad and Congress General Secretary and in-charge of Bihar affairs C P Joshi.