Nitish Kumar’s dream of a national push for JDU is headed for a rough start just after taking charge of the party president. Sources say, Ajit Singh, one of the key members of the Kumar’s plans, has in principal agreed to ally with BJP for 2017 UP assembly election.
A source said that as per original plan, the RLD leadership was to meet on April 6 to formally endorse the merger and a JD-U meet on April 12 were to do the same to elect Kumar as party president.
However, for unexplained reasons RLD failed to hold the April 6 meeting, resulting in the JD(U) meeting limiting its agenda to electing Kumar as party president.
It is believed Singh had three demands when Kumar asked the merger proposal: That he be made the national president of the merged party, he get an upcoming Rajya Sabha seat from JD(U)’s Bihar kitty and his son Jayant be made the chief of the UP unit of the party.
Ajit Singh commands following in the Western UP whereas JD-U is a nonstarter in UP. It is said that Kumar’s advisor Prashant Kishor reached out to RLD again. Nitish Kumar has also called on all on-BJP parties to come together again the ruling party. To grow a national footprint for JDU Kumar started merger talks with Jharkhand VikasMorcha of Babulal Marandi and RLD.
Earlier in 2015 before Bihar Assembly elections, Nitish Kumar tried to bring all Janata Parties on one platform and merge together to form Janata Parivar, which included JD-U, RJD, INLD, JD-S, Samajwadi Janta Party (S) and Samajwadi Party. Mulayam Singh Yadav was to be made chief of the new party. Merger failed to happen before the Bihar assembly election as Samajwadi Party pulled out of the alliance stating that they should have been allotted larger seats. Samajwadi Party decided to contest Bihar assembly election alone.
Understandably, Congress is not amused by Nitish’s attempt to emerge as the star of the opposition. 11 Rajya Sabha seats will fall vacant in UP in July, and BJP is in a position to win a seat or help Ajit Singh enter Rajya Sabha.
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