The Samajwadi Party and the NCP, both of which have walked out of the Nitish Kumar-led grand alliance in Bihar, are now set to come together for a front of their own, NCP leader Tariq Anwar said Tuesday.
“The NCP and the SP had preliminary discussions today. We will launch a third front in Bihar,” Anwar, who had a meeting with former Union minister Raghunath Jha Tuesday, told The Indian Express. Jha, who quit the RJD recently accusing Lalu Prasad of promoting family politics, was sent by the SP, said Anwar. Jha has said he would join the SP.
Both the SP and the NCP are trying to bring together smaller parties in Bihar including the Jan Adhikar Morcha of Pappu Yadav, MP, which had been trying to join the BJP-led NDA in Bihar. Anwar said the final shape of the alliance would emerge only after the election dates are announced.
The two parties have decided to exit the JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance, which is locked in a fierce battle with the BJP-led NDA, alleging that the bigger parties “humiliated” them. “They did not follow any of the rules of coalition. There was no criteria for seat sharing. While the Congress has two MPs from Bihar but got 40 seats, NCP has one but was offered only three seats. Even if the seats were fewer, there should have been consultations at least,” Anwar said. “We were not even taken into confidence.”
He took exception to the criticism that the exit of the NCP and SP would help the BJP. “Why should we blamed? Who is responsible for it?” he said.