JD-U rules out alliance with Congress, sparks speculations

New Delhi/Kolkata, Mar. 3: The decision of the Janata Dal United (JDU) to rule out an alliance with the Congress in Bihar triggered volatility in state politics in the run-up for 2014 national polls.

The rejection limited Congress’s options in Bihar for general elections, with Ram Vilas Paswan, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief having already walked out, and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad getting restless, and making it clear that he cannot offer the Congress more than 11 of Bihar’s 40 Lok Sabha seats.

Communist Party of India leader Gurudas Dasgupta, on Monday supported the decision by JDU Chief Nitish Kumar, and added that everyone in the country is looking for an alternative.

“They have done the right thing. Both Congress and the BJP are devastating the nation. Both the parties have the same policy to help the corporate sector and not to work for the people, do scams. These two parties are made for each other, two sides of the same coin. Against these two parties, people are thinking of an alternative. This search for an alternative will be boosted up due to the principles of JD (U),”said Dasgupta.

Former leader of Janata Dal United (JD-U), Shivanand Tiwari, slammed Nitish Kumar, saying that all he has done is to gain power in the state.

“The central front formed under the leadership of Nitish Kumar with the initiative of left parties, originally was an effort by Nitish Kumar. Nitish Kumar is not as clean as he appears to be. He claims to sacrifice for his principles but from our personal experience for a long time, I can say his target is only to gain power,” said Tiwari.

But Congress sources admit that an alliance with the JD (U) may not be easy, given the differences between the two parties on the rejection of the special status demand for the state. (ANI)