Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different result. Some say this was said by none other than Einstein but others dispute it. Regardless, despite all past failures to expand his party’s reach beyond the borders of Bihar, Janata Dal – U president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is planning to contest on 32 seats in the upcoming Assam Assembly elections without joining hands with any other party.

A JD-U spokesperson said that out of a total of 126 Assembly seats in Assam, the party of Nitish Kumar is considering contesting on 32 seats. “Some political parties in Assam have expressed their interest in joining hands with the JD-U but we have decided to go solo,” said Sanjay Verma, a party spokesperson in Patna.

Elections in Assam are to be held in April this year.

It is worth noting that in the 2016 polls in Assam, JD-U had formed alliance with the All-India United Democratic Front (AIUDF). It contested at four seats and lost in all registering an embarrassing 0.07% votes in the state.

In the 2020 Delhi Assembly polls, Kumar had fielded two candidates both of whom lost to their nearest rivals.

JD-U did, however, win seven of the 14 seats in Arunachal Pradesh state elections in 2019 though it is highly unlikely he will be able to pull a similar victory in Assam in view of the fact that he has zero base in the state.