Patna: Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday said his Samajwadi Party exited the ‘grand’ alliance that was formed with Nitish Kumar, Lalu Yadav, and the Congress, saying he will fight the Bihar elections alone.
“SP parliamentary board has decided to contest Bihar elections independently,” party leader Ram Gopal Yadav told reporters in Lucknow.
“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.
Announcing the seat sharing formula, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, earlier said that the RJD and JD(U) will contest 100 seats each and the Congress will contest 40 seats. He also expressed hope that other parties such as the NCP and the INLD will join the coalition.
Earlier this year, Nitish Kumar announced the grand secular alliance and seat sharing among the three parties in presence of RJD President Lalu Prasad and Congress General Secretary and in-charge of Bihar affairs C P Joshi.