"A Grand Alliance is possible in the state," Yadav told reporters when asked about possibility of such a coalition materialising in UP to take on BJP in 2017 assembly polls.
      
The Chief Minister, however, did not elaborate.   His remarks came a day after an Uttar Pradesh minister suggested a Grand Alliance involving ruling Samajwadi Party and Mayawati-led BSP for the upcoming assembly polls in the state similar to the one in Bihar where rivals RJD chief Lalu Prasad and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar came together and decimated BJP.
    
Like Bihar, BJP had swept Uttar Pradesh also in Lok Sabha election last year and the party is hoping that it will return to power in the politically crucial state after nearly 15 years.
       
The Chief Minster, who was here on a private visit, said people in Bihar had given their decision in favour of development. In UP panchyat polls, they have favoured Samajwadi Party's development plank, Akhilesh Yadav said.
 
"We will contest the 2017 assembly polls on the plank of development as we have ensured progress in every nook and corner of the state," he said.
 
The Grand Secular Alliance in Bihar comprising RJD, JD-U and Congress secured over two-third majority in the 243-member Bihar House, winning 178 seats in the just-concluded assembly polls in the state. RJD got 80 seats, JD-U 71 and Congress 27.

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