Consolidating his reputation as a mercurial ally, Mulayam Singh Yadav today said his Samajwadi Party will fight the Bihar election alone.
Thus, he has exited the Janta Parivar that was formed with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, regional heavyweight Lalu Prasad Yadav, and the Congress.
The parties had combined in an attempt to block the BJP, whose campaign is being led by the Prime Minister, from winning the state.
Mulayam Yadav said he had not been consulted about how seats for the election were being divided between the parties he had teamed with. His Samajwadi Party has neither any state legislators, nor parliamentarians from Bihar – so the break-up’s import lies in a dent to the stated unity of parties that have grouped against the BJP.
Nitish Kumar, who has already served back-to-back terms as Chief Minister, is running as the candidate of the non-BJP alliance, which held its first show of strength on Sunday in Patna. Nitish, Lalu Yadav and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi all addressed the large rally. Mulayam Yadav had deputed Shivpal Yadav as his party’s representative.
Instead of accepting the dole of 5 seats & winning none, the Samajwadi Party has decided to go alone & contest many more and win none #Bihar
— Banã de Lohágarh (@kamleshksingh) September 3, 2015
SP wouldn’t even win 1 seat in #Bihar. With the alliance, it could have won all 5 seats. Is it really seats or it’s the CBI call once again?
— Suri Singh (@Suri_Sing) September 3, 2015
The dates for the Bihar election are to be announced shortly.
The Prime Minister had held four public meetings, drawing huge audiences. The BJP and its three allies have decided that the PM will ask for votes directly for him, and not for a presumptive Chief Minister. This has pitched the election in Bihar to a full-blown confrontation between Nitish Kumar and Modi, who have, for years, and through a lengthy alliance of their parties, made no secret of their disregard for each other.