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Patna : Pained at being left out of Congress-Samajwadi Party (SP) alliance, the JD(U) has decided not to contest assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh (UP). JD(U) president and Bihar  CM Nitish Kumar will not go to UP for
campaign.
Making the announcement here, JD(U) national secretary general K C Tyagi said here on January 25,” Nitish Kumar will not be visiting UP to seek votes for the SP-Congress alliance candidates.” Party is pained as it was left out of the alliance, neither the RLD was included in the new formation, Tyagi regretted.

The changed stand of the party is contrary to the earlier decision of Nitish, who had addressed over six public meetings at divisional headquarters and JD(U) leaders had extensively toured in eastern UP. Nitish had tried for electoral alliance between SP, RLD and JD(U) but he could not succeed.
Tyagi said here  the Congress and SP alliance would get his party’s  moral support as Nitish is keen to ensure success of the secular forces. He said, “We will pray  from Patna for the success of the alliance.” Rashtriya Janata Dal led by Lalu Prasad is also not fielding its nominees in UP. His two daughters are married in the family of Mulayam Singh Yadav and one of his sons-in-law has been nominated as SP candidate in UP. In 2012 elections, JD(U) candidates had lost miserably and all of them forfeited their deposits.
Senior RJD MLA Bhai Virendra, in a statement on January 25, said, “Nitish Kumar should clear his stand. He can not swim on two boats simultaneously. He must explain whether he is with the BJP or the people of Bihar.”

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