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RJD will contest the assembly elections in Assam, Kerala, West Bengal; JD (U) will go only in two states | India News

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PATNA: Bihar’s two main regional parties, the RJD led by Lalu Prasad and the JD (U) of CM Nitish Kumar, stick together on Friday to contest the next assembly elections in other states, shortly after the Election Commission will announce the calendar of the assembly elections in five states namely Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and West Bengal.
While the RJD has decided, from now on, to contest the polls in Assam, West Bengal and Kerala, either alone or in alliance with other parties; The ruler JD (U) of Bihar has decided to go only in Assam and West Bengal.
The assembly elections will be held for 140 seats in Kerala, 126 seats in Assam and 294 seats in West Bengal.
Hours after the EC announced the election schedule, Lalu’s heir and opposition leader in the Bihar assembly, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, flew to Guwahati on Friday to find out the possibilities of alliance with some regional parties in the northeastern state. . Shortly after landing at Guwahati airport, Tejashwi drove to a local hotel and held a series of parliaments with the leaders of some regional parties.
“Tejashwi Ji has arrived in Guwahati. Also on Saturday he will hold another round of talks with leaders of some political parties before making a decision on challenging the assembly elections in Assam, ”RJD National Secretary General Shyam Rajak, who is camping in Guwahati, told TOI. during the last two days. by phone.
To a question, Rajak said: “As of now, I cannot say whether the RJD will contest the Assam polls alone or in alliance with regional parties or Congress. At this time, nothing is final. “Rajak also declined to disclose the number of seats the RJD is willing to contest in Assam. In addition to Rajak, RJD senior leader and former Bihar minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui is also there. camping in Guwahati for the past two days to search for allies.
“After Guwahati, we will go to Kolkata to discuss election-related issues with the active political parties in West Bengal,” Rajak told TOI.
“Our party has decided to contest the assembly elections in Assam, Kerala and West Bengal with the aim of controlling the BJP. In West Bengal, the RJD wants an alliance with the Trinamool Congress (TMC) led by CM Mamata Banerjee. The RJD leadership has sought some seats in the TMC assembly. If the TMC fails to keep us in alliance, the party will make its own decision. But we will not do anything to benefit the BJP, ”RJD spokesman Mrityunjay Tiwari told TOI.
JD (U) has decided to contest the assembly elections in Assam and West Bengal. “From now on, the party leadership has decided to act alone in both states,” said a JD (U) leader.
“In West Bengal, the JD (U) state unit has been asked to identify the assembly seats from which the party will compete. JD (U) National Secretary Sanjay Verma was sent to Assam to assess the situation. The main party leadership will make the final decision on the number of seats in both states, ”JD (U) National Secretary Rabindra Prasad Singh told TOI on Friday.
Contacted by phone, JD (U) West Bengal unit president Ashoke Das said he was in Patna for the past three days. “During my time in Patna, I had a series of talks with the head of JD (U), RCP Singh, and other high-level leaders about the assembly elections. We have decided to contest the assembly polls alone in the 23 districts of West Bengal, “Das told TOI.
The convener of the JD (U) Assam unit, Samsul Alam, said the party would contest the assembly elections alone, but the number of seats has not yet been defined.

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