The Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) faction Tuesday announced its decision to contest 75 seats in the Assembly elections, due next month, without any alliance with other parties. This despite the fact that the party has no base or infrastructure of its own after a split in its Gujarat unit. MLA Chhotubhai Vasava, who has been leading the party’s state unit, has sided with the Sharad Yadav faction of the JD(U).
The Nitish Kumar faction of the party also lacks state president and other office bearers. JD(U) national secretary Akhilesh Katiyar said that the party will appoint its state president by November 18. He said that the party will field its candidates from south Gujarat districts: Narmada, Tapi, Valsad, Bharuch, Chhotaudepur and Surat.
The party is yet to confirm whether Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would campaign for the party.