The Samajwadi Party on Thursday 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.
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.
“SP felt humiliated as ‘big’ parties of the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) did not consult it while declaring candidates in Bihar,” general secretary Ramgopal Yadav said after the meeting.
Ramgopal Yadav also said that the party will contest Bihar assembly elections alone and will have no role in the Mahagathbandhan.
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.
Asked if cracks in Janta Parivar would boost the morale of communal forces, he said, “I wan’t to know from you whether there was division of secular votes in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh and BJP won.”
“Why would we have won the 2012 UP Assembly elections if victory and defeat was based on division. In Bihar there is a contest between secular forces. This is not the logic,” he said.
The seat sharing arrangement recently declared in the presence of Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad Yadav and a senior leader of Congress on behalf of Mahagathbandhan had not considered even one seat for SP. While Janata dal (United) and Rashtriya janata Dal had shared 200 seats between them equally, Congress was allotted 40 seats and Nationalist Congress Party was given a mere three.
After the NCP backed out, it created a lot of tension among the allies and Lalu announced five seats for SP at Gandhi Maidan during the Swabhiman rally.
It was assumed after Mulayam’s absence from the rally that all was not well within the Mahagathbandhan.