LS polls: BJP says no alliance in UP,Bihar

BJP president Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said the party has decided to contest

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: June 27, 2013 5:18 am

BJP president Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said the party has decided to contest the next Lok Sabha election in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh without entering into pre-poll alliance with any political party in the two states. The statement comes days after the JD(U),its partner for 17 years,quits the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

More political parties may join the NDA before the Lok Sabha election but the BJP will contest without any pre-poll alliance in UP and Bihar,he said.

Singh,who arrived in Lucknow on a three-day tour along with party general secretary Amit Shah,flagged off supplies of relief materials for Uttarakhand flood victims,arranged by the state BJP. In all,nine truckloads of materials and Rs 58 lakh were sent.

In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections,the BJP had contested in UP in alliance with the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and the JD(U). In Bihar,it had an alliance with the JD(U).

Senior BJP leaders claim that the absence of the JD(U) in the NDA will improve the BJP’s performance in Bihar and UP. “Various surveys have reported that the BJP will win more seats both in Bihar and UP in the next Lok Sabha elections,” said a senior party leader. “The elevation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the party’s poll campaign panel chief has sent the right message to the masses.’’

The BJP president announced financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the nine ITBP,six NDRF and five IAF personnel who were killed in the IAF rescue chopper crash in Uttarakhand on Tuesday.

Singh said Modi had never claimed that he saved 15,000 Gujaratis in Uttarakhand. “Modi went to Uttarakhand to express his sympathies. I spoke to him…he said he never gave any such statement,” Singh said.

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