The Congress will leave some seats for Sharad Yadav’s Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh in the upcoming Assembly polls, sources said here on Monday.
Yadav launched the party in May 2018 after parting ways with the Janata Dal (United) due to its alliance with the BJP in Bihar. The Bahujan Mukti Party merged with the LJD two months later.
Sources said the Congress had decided to accommodate Yadav, considering his close links with leaders of a wide range of parties, which would be of great use for cobbling together a non-BJP coalition after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The Congress would also make use of Yadav in the poll campaign, said the sources.
Left parties, which have pockets of influence in the two states, would also be part of the bandwagon. But there will be no tie-up in Chhattisgarh, where the CPI has already gone along with the BSP and Chhattisgarh Janata Congress of former CM Ajit Jogi.
The broad understanding between the Congress and LJD emerged at a meeting between Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Sharad Yadav here on October 10.
Asked how many seats would be given to the LJD, the sources said the party had sought half-a-dozen seats each in the two states. “A combined fight against the BJP rather than the number of seats is important,” sources said.