Blow to Nitish, SP Opts Out of ‘Janata Parivar’


New Delhi: In a major setback to Nitias Kumar led ‘grand alliance’, Samajwadi Party on Thursday declared to fight Bihar assembly election independently. Opting out of the ‘Janata Parivar’, SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav told media that “SP parliamentary board has decided to contest Bihar elections independently.”
“If need be, we will speak to some other parties for support, but that is not on the table as of now,” Ram Gopal Yadav added.

SP’s Bihar leaders were feeling ‘cheated’ after being given just five of the 243 seats in the alliance. All top leaders, including party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav attended the brainstorming session.

SP chief Mulayam was conspicuous by his absence at the August 30 rally of anti-BJP parties in Patna. Earlier, he did not attend an iftar party organised by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and openly opposed her party’s boycott of Parliament. Besides, he also went for an unscheduled meeting with PM Narendra Modi last week.