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Grand alliance will remain intact: Sharad Yadav after meeting Mulayam

New Delhi: JD-U chief Sharad Yadav today met ‘humiliated' Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav to convince him not to break the 'grand alliance' in poll-bound Bihar.Sharad Yadav, after the meeting, said, "Gath bandhan jaisa
India TV News Desk September 03, 2015 20:14 IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: JD-U chief Sharad Yadav today met ‘humiliated' Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav to convince him not to break the 'grand alliance' in poll-bound Bihar.

Sharad Yadav, after the meeting, said, "Gath bandhan jaisa thaa, waisa hi rahega (The alliance will remain intact as it was)".

He said that the seat sharing was not discussed and the issue will be talked later.

He, however, added that some other national issues were discussed along with Bihar polls.

“We talked about the state of affairs of nation; also talked about Bihar polls,” he told reporters.  

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav also tried to pacify the situation and said, “Mulayam ji is our guardian, more than that he is our relative, he must have been upset due to some reasons.”

“If Mulayam ji is upset about something, we will definitely try to make things right,” he added.

Earlier in the day, the SP pulled out of the 'grand alliance' in poll-bound Bihar, saying it felt "humiliated" as it was not consulted while deciding seats and would contest the Assembly elections in the state on its own.

Party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav told reporters, "In Bihar the party will contest separately. The bigger parties in the alliance did not consult us while declaring seats due to which the SP felt humiliated. This is not the 'gatbandhan dharma'".

The final decision on the Bihar Assembly polls was taken at a party parliamentary board meeting here in presence of SP national President Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Yadav said that it was the duty of the major constituents to consult the SP before deciding over seat sharing.

"We came to know about this through the media. This is not the 'gatbandhan dharma' and SP felt humiliated," he said.

Yadav said the party was not happy with the paltry two or five seats offered out of the 243 in the state assembly.

"We will win much more seats by contesting on our own as compared to that being offered by the alliance. We will contest respectfully," he said.

On the future of 'Janata Pariwar', Yadav said at that time itself he had said that he would not sign the "death warrant" of the party.

"Respecting the sentiments of the party workers, SP has decided to go all alone in Bihar Assembly elections," he said.

The JD-U and Lalu Prasad-led RJD have been allotted 100 seats each while the Congress got 40. The NCP was allotted three seats.

(With inputs from PTI)