A day after Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s ruled out forming any alliance ahead of the Uttar Pradesh polls, the JD (U) Friday said no party can defeat BJP single-handedly in the “communally-sensitive” state. The JD (U) said it was Samajwadi Party which had renewed the bid to forge a broader alliance against BJP, but the same party had now withdrawn. The JD(U) has forged an understanding with RLD for the Uttar Pradesh polls.
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JD (U)’s principal general secretary and national spokesperson K C Tyagi told The Indian Express: “All non-BJP parties should remember that the BJP had got 42.8 per cent against 42.2 per cent votes polled by SP and BSP together in 2014 polls. No party can defeat BJP single-handedly in communally-sensitive UP”.
Tyagi said he was dismayed at Mulayam’s statement of going it alone in UP. “We were very happy with the SP chief renewing the bid to unite Janta Parivar. He invited us to the SP foundation day function but seems to have given up too soon,” he added.
The JD (U) national spokesperson said that non-BJP parties could draw lessons from Assembly polls in Bihar and Assam. “While we forged a Grand Alliance in Bihar and defeated a resurgent BJP, Congress failed to stitch a grand alliance in Assam and lost to BJP. The key is not the strength of individual parties, but mutual transfer of votes by forging an alliance against BJP,” he said.
Tyagi said a grand alliance was all the more important in Uttar Pradesh because the state is “communally-sensitive” and there are high chances of “polarisation of votes”.
“It will not be practical for any party in Uttar Pradesh to underestimate the BJP,” said Tyagi, adding that JD (U) would respond to any move towards forging a broader alliance against BJP.
JD (U) sources in Bihar added that the party is in favour of an alliance also because of BJP “winning favour” through the demonetisation move. “Bigger parties like SP must not forget that surgical strike and demonetisation will be played up by the BJP during the Uttar Pradesh polls,” said a JD (U) leader known to be close to CM Nitish Kumar.