BIHAR CHIEF Minister Nitish Kumar said on Wednesday that there could only be an “alliance” in Uttar Pradesh and that a “grand alliance” in the state is possible only if the SP and BSP come together and the Congress takes an initiative.
The JD(U) chief said he was unable to make it to the SP’s Lucknow function because of various reasons — the occasion coinciding with the four-day Chhath festival being one of them.
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He said no final decision has been taken yet on if any leader from his party would take part in the SP function.
Speaking to reporters here, Nitish said: “It is becoming clear now that there would only be an alliance in UP. For a grand alliance, like the one in Bihar, the SP, BSP and Congress have to come together.”
Asked if the JD (U) has been in talks with the Congress for an alliance in UP, Nitish said: “We had no talks with them. The Congress is the bigger party and should take initiative to make the grand alliance in UP. So far, there are signs of UP having only alliance for 2017 Assembly polls.”
Nitish said though SP leader Shivpal Yadav spoke to him and he also got a letter from SP, he would not attend the SP rally in Uttar Pradesh.
“We have been in support of unity (of the Janata Parivar). We were close to merging six parties. We do not want to get into internal disputes of the party. Besides, the SP function coincides with Chhath. People at my home observe the festival and it would be difficult to take time out of it.”
On the chorus of demand for a high-level probe into the Bhopal encounter, the Bihar Chief Minister said: “I know Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan very well. He believes in working with clarity and transparency. If some questions are being raised on the encounter, Chouhan must set up an independent probe.”