Nitish Kumar's JDU To Run Against BJP In Uttar Pradesh Elections, Says Everything's Fine
The Janata Dal-United (JDU) will contest next year's Uttar Pradesh elections separately from its Bihar ally BJP, the party announced on Wednesday, saying the decision had nothing to do with developments in Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's state where "everything is fine".
"Janata Dal-United has decided to fight the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections set to be held in 2022 alone, separate from the BJP. The decision was taken unanimously by the national committee of the Janata Dal-United," the party's general secretary KC Tyagi told NDTV.
"In 2017, we did not contest in UP. This damaged the party quite a bit. Our party's national committee has unanimously decided that UP is a state connected with Bihar where our government policies have been well publicised. So, we should contest the assembly elections in UP alone in 2022," Mr Tyagi said, adding he had been made in-charge of the campaign.
"The decision to contest elections alone in UP has nothing to do with the political developments in Bihar though everything is fine in Bihar," he added.