With the break-up in the 17-year-old alliance,JD (U) has started searching for a regional party in UP to enter a pre-poll alliance in the state ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Sources said the party is looking for possibilities of alliance with either the Samajwadi Party,Bahujan Samaj Party or the Peace Party.
According to a senior party leader,JD(U) will contest on at least three Lok Sabha seats and has eyed Meerut,Badaun and Salempur.
JD (U) spokesperson K C Tyagi told The Indian Express over phone: We will enter into a pre-poll alliance with a regional party in UP in the next Lok Sabha elections. When asked about the options,Tyagi said he could not confirm the name of any particular party now,but admitted that Peace Party was in the list of the options.
He said the JD(U) lacks a strong base in UP and has contested on limited number of seats in the state in the past. According to him,the party will mainly concentrate on seats located near the UP-Bihar border. The districts along UP-Bihar borders fall in eastern UP that has substantial population of OBC,dalit and Muslim voters. According to a source,the party is eyeing alliance with Peace Party and SP as both the regional parties have good support of Muslim voters in the eastern part of the state.
JD(U)s UP president Suresh Niranjan Bhaiyyaji said: As the alliance has broken formally now,our party will freely contest on more seats and expand its organisation across the state.
Earlier,JD(U) wanted to contest from some of the seats in the next Lok Sabha elections in alliance with the BJP,but the BJP had already made its mind to contest from all the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state alone. In the last year Assembly election,both had parted ways in UP on the issue of seat sharing. Sources said JD(U) had demanded to contest from 55 seats but the BJP did not yield more than 24. Later,both the parties fielded candidates against each other. The BJP contested on 298 seats and won in 47,while JD(U) contested on 219 seats and deposits of all its candidates were forfeited.
Performance of both the parties was better in 2007 Assembly elections when both had contested together. The BJP had contested on 350 seats and won 51,while JD(U) contested on 16 seats and won one Assembly seat.
In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections,both had contested as allies. JD (U) had contested on three seats Salempur,Badaun and Unnao and lost. In 2004 Lok Sabha elections,BJP had given JD(U) three seats Meerut,Salempur and Aonla and managed to win one Kunwar Sarvraj Singh from Aonla.