New Delhi: With the stage set for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the political air in the state is heating up. Amidst tussles between political parties to lure voters and pre-poll alliance agenda, the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has decided not to allot more than two dozen seats to its only ally in the state, Nitish Kumar-led Janta Dal (United).

The decision was taken by the BJP considering the declining hold of JD (U) in western and eastern belt of the state.

The party high command has decided to field JD (U) candidates from Badaun, Ferozabad, Sambhal in western region, and Salempur and Mau in eastern region.

In the last Assembly elections, JD (U) won in 53 constituencies along with the Apna Dal (AD), which fought battle of ballots for 10-12 seats. However, the AD has no tie-up with the JD (U) for forthcoming elections in UP. Ironically, the BJP has also decided to keep limited JD (U) candidates in its list.


Meanwhile, JD (U) state president, Suresh Niranjan will fight elections from Madhogarh constituency of Jalaun district. In last elections, Nirangan fought from Orai seat which led to much resentment within the BJP and the JD (U) workers. 

Owing to the stress laid by senior leaders, Sharad Yadav and Nitish Kumar, the BJP had to take abackseat in Orai constituency.

(Agencies)