Lucknow: The Opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh suffered another jolt as the Nishad Party announced a walkout on Friday. Elaborating on the reason for his party’s decision Nishad Party (NP) chief Sanjay Nishad said, “Akhilesh Yadav had said he’ll make an announcement on seats for our party. (Also read: Cong Fields Raj Babbar From Fatehpur Sikri)
But they didn’t put our name on poster/letter or anything. This upset my party workers, authorities and the core committee.
“So the Nishad Party has taken a decision today that we are not with the ‘gathbandhan‘. We are free, can fight elections independently and can look for other options as well. The party is free now.”
The NP’s decision comes just a couple of days after Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav announced a tie-up with it and two other parties; Janwadi Party Socialist and Rashtriya Samanta Dal.
“Nishad Party, Janwadi Party (Socialist) and Rashtriya Samanta Dal will work for ensuring success of alliance candidates throughout the state,” SP chief Akhilesh Yadav told a joint press conference with leaders of these parties.
He, however, did not reveal the number of seats these parties would be allocated. Uttar Pradesh has 80 Lok Sabha seats. The BSP will contest 38 seats, SP 37 and the RLD three seats.
The alliance will not field candidates in Amethi and Rae Bareli, represented by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
His statement was seen as an obvious reference to Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh’s statement that Narendra Modi should become the prime minister once again.
At a time when all eyes are there on Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha election results, our alliance will give a tremendous performance. Except for a seat, they (BJP) cannot open an account,” Yadav claimed.