Mayawati to Stay Away from Grand Alliance in Bihar

BSP chief Mayawati.

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Patna: With Jitan Ram Manjhi jockeying for more seats in the Mahagathbandhan causing some heartburns among other alliance members, things got a bit stickier for the Lalu-led Grand Alliance in Bihar after Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) declared that it would contest on all 40 seats in the state giving tough competition to other members of the Mahagathbandhan.

Just days after BSP and Samajwadi Party (SP), much to the chagrin of the Congress Party, announced their decision to go together in Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha polls, BSP Bihar in-charge Lalji Medhkar said his party had no intention of joining the Grand Alliance in Bihar and instead, was planning to place party’s candidate at all 40 seats in the state.

“Mayawati ji has instructed us to begin preparation for all seats in Bihar. BSP has decided to go alone in the state and will contest polls at all 40 seats,” he said adding she will soon finalize the names of the candidates and announce her poll strategy in Bihar during the party meet in New Delhi on February 28.

The news comes as a shock for the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-led Grand Alliance in Bihar due to its potential of splitting the anti-NDA votes in the state eventually helping the ruling parties while keeping the opposition at bay.

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