Nitish Kumar, Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) president plans of becoming a powerful force in the 2017 UP elections. It seems that parties are not showing interest to form an alliance with his party in Uttar Pradesh.
Swami Prasad Maurya, former BSP general secretary had met Nitish Kumar in Lucknow and said he has no plans to form alliance with JD(U).
“I met him (Nitish) because I have been meeting everyone. But what is his base in UP? There is no point of thinking of an alliance with him when he has nothing here,” said Maurya, who is yet to join a party or launch his own outfit.
He is going to attend a rally on September 22 in Lucknow’s Ramabai Rally ground and he plans to announce his future plans there.
Nitish Kumar has held many rallies in the state. He is expected to address another rally in Kanpur on August 6. He had attended a rally in Lucknow on the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj, Kolhapur ruler which was organised by R K Chaudhary, Bahujan Samaj Swabhiman Sangharsh Samiti. He is another leader who left BSP.
R.K. Chaudhary, a Dalit leader said that he is still thinking of forming an alliance with Nitish Kumar.
“It was an occasion. He is a politician with a clean image. We called him and he came here. We at least showed that there is a possibility of coming together,” RK Chaudhary added.
Nitish Kumar met Chaudhary when he was in BSP when he was thinking of leaving the party. They both promised their support to each other at the rally.
Nitish Kumar, a Kurmi by caste and one of the most influential OBC communities in UP. He do not enjoy visible support from the community in the state. His party had failed to make any impact in previous UP elections. He has been very interestd on uniting the smaller parties to make an impact in the 2017 elections.
He met Krishna Patel, president of a faction of Apna Dal.
Spokesperson of Apna Dal, R B Patel, said: “We have ended our alliance with BJP.”
He added that the party will be entering into an alliance with the parties who will give them a good number of seats. The party will start the alliance after a rally in Varanasi on August 23.
“Nitish Kumar does not have any base in UP. He does not have a votebank. The last time we contested with him and BJP in 2007, we failed to win any seat,” said Patel.
Nitish Kumar had also tried collaborating with Ajit Singh, Jat leader of Rashtriya Lok Dal. The party had influence in west UP but the talks of collaboration with JD(U) failed.
JD(U) UP president Suresh Niranjan ‘Bhaiyaji’ said they are working on strengthening party organisation in UP and would fight the 2017 elections “with all might”.
He added that Nitish Kumar has held several programmes in the state. He will visit Kanpur on August 6. He will also attend a rally in August which either in Faizabad or Meerut. They have held a programme with R K Chaudhary and they will try the same for other parties too.