SP-RJD-LJP to formally announce pre-poll tie-up on Apr 3

The SP,RJD and LJP leaders will formally announce their pre-poll ‘secular alliance’ on April 3 in Lucknow,Amar Singh said.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published:March 29, 2009 4:45 pm

The SP,RJD and LJP leaders will formally announce their pre-poll ‘secular alliance’ on April 3 in Lucknow,SP leader Amar Singh said in New Delhi on Sunday.

While the three parties have separately announced their coming together,a formal announcement will be made in the presence of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav,RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan.

Earlier,the three leaders were to hold a joint press conference in New Delhi on Monday. The proposed joint address will now be held in the Uttar Pradesh capital on April 3.

“They will sit together in Lucknow on April 3 at 11 am to discuss and announce the secular alliance,” Singh told reporters in New Delhi.

“We three are together. We will fight jointly in North India. We will not clash with each other in the two states having 120 Lok Sabha seats,” Singh told reporters.

LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan had said in Patna that he had talked to SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD leader Lalu Prasad and the three parties would provide an ‘alternative’ in the fight against ‘communal forces’.

Singh said that while separate announcements have been made by RJD,LJP and SP,”it is time to sit together and plan a long-term strategy.”

To a question on LJP candidate and former Prime Minister V P Singh’s son Ajay Singh refusing to withdraw from the contest,Singh said for bigger gains certain sacrifices were required.

The three parties’ announcement comes close on the heels of Congress announcing that it would contest most of the 40 seats in Bihar and a large number of the 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh.

In the last fortnight,the three parties have been drifting away from Congress after it announced its plans to contest against the allies in a number of seats in the two states in the wake of failure of seat-sharing talks.

Admitting that the PMK’s exit from the UPA would have some effect in the Northern districts of the state,a senior DMK leader Dayananidhi Maran said the PMK’s influence was restricted to seven Lok Sabha constituencies and the alliance with the VCK,which has strong presence in these districts would neutralise any impact of it leaving the DMK front.

He said the DMDK going it alone was also advantageous to DMK,front as Vijaykant had proved that he was cutting into the AIADMK and PMK vote bank.

Vijaykant,who had been alloted the ‘Nagara’ as the common symbol for his party by the Supreme Court,had already come out with a list of 15 candidates so far and expected to contest all the 40 seats in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

The BJP is reported to have offered 15 seats to Sarathkumar,the candidate for Tirunelveli Lok Sabha seat.

With a clear picture emerging,a tough electoral battle is ahead in a hot summer in the state.

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