New Delhi: When elections are round the corner in Uttar Pradesh, the fight over distribution of seat between BJP and JD(U) have reignited as JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav has threatened to break the alliance with the BJP. Sources claim that they wanted to cut down the number of seats allotted to JD(U).
While BJP has chosen to maintain a silence on the issue, JD(U) leaders in the state erupted in spontaneous joy after Yadav’s statement.
However, BJP president Nitin Gadkari held a meeting with the party leadership on the issue.
This is not the first time that the BJP and the JD(U) are fighting over seat distribution. In 2007 assembly elections, the same episode had taken place.
According to sources, the long-time allies BJP and JD(U) failed to evolve consensus as JD(U) has put forth a list of 53 seats.
There are also reports that an agreement was reached over one and half a dozen of seats after several rounds of talks led by BJP’s vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, senior leader Sanjay Joshi and Ram Lal. However, the agreement was broken due to the intervention of BJP’s central leadership.
Expressing displeasure over the BJP’s attitude, Sharad Yadav on Monday at his residence announced the end of alliance adding “Whatever happening is not a matter of joke.”
Yadav also made it clear that JD(U) will not take part with BJP in any election rally in the state.
Now it seems that either the JD(U) will boycott the UP assembly elections or would consider the party’s state unit recommendations.
In previous elections, the JD(U) and the Apna Dal had announced their stand to split the alliance with the BJP, but later they reached an agreement after several rounds of meeting with BJP leaders.
Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said that he is unaware of the developments.
JD(U) general secretary Javed Raja said, “We are waiting for the party’s state unit recommendations. If it recommends to it go alone, we will consider it.” He further claimed that several political outfits are willing to forge an alliance with the JD(U).
Notably, Sharad Yadav’a announcement has triggered a commotion at party’s office. JD(U) wants to contest from Kanth in Moradabad, Rampur Karkhana (Devariya Sadar), Bagpat, Devariya and Badaut seat.
The BJP had announced candidates to be fielded for 143 constituencies without any discussion with Sharad Yadav. Out of 143 announced seats, JD(U) believes that it has strong hold over few seats.
According to sources, BJP’s high command is doing a brainstorming session to save the alliance.
New Delhi: When elections are round the corner in Uttar Pradesh, the fight over distribution of seat between BJP and JD(U) have reignited as JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav has threatened to break the alliance with the BJP.
Sources claim that they wanted to cut down the number of seats allotted to JD(U).