BJP works on candidate list, JD (U) left out

While the differences between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its NDA partner Janata Dal (U) on the candidature of Narendra Modi for Prime Minister have not yet reached the breaking point, the BJP in UP is in no mood to continue alliance with JD (U) and wants to contest 80 Lok Sabha seats.

BJP national vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the BJP will contest all seats in UP, because its experience of alliance had not been satisfactory in UP in the past. The party has already started working on the selection of candidates, without consulting with the JD (U).

BJP had contested 2009 Lok Sabha elections in alliance with JD (U) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). JD(U) had contested on two seats namely Salempur and Budaun and lost both. RLD had contested on seven seats, including Mathura, Baghpat, Hathras, Amroha, Bijnor, Kairana and Nagina. It won five, losing Kairana and Nagina. In 2011, however, RLD joined the UPA.

In the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, BJP had given JD (U) three seats Meerut, Badaun and Salempur. Then too JD (U) had lost all three seats.

JD (U) secretary general and spokesman K C Tyagi said, "We want to contest on some seats in UP. But being the major constituent of the NDA, BJP should take the initiative."

Tyagi said that the BJP central leadership would take a decision on it, and not the state leadership. He said that if the alliance continued in UP and both parties helped each other, the BJP can increase its tally in the Lok Sabha members in UP from 10 to 40.

The BJP had broken alliance with JD (U) in UP in 2012 Assembly elections also and both the parties had contested elections against each other. The BJP had fielded candidates on 398 seats and only 47 of them won. Deposit of 229 BJP candidates were forfeited. JD (U) had contested on 219 seats and deposit of all its candidates were forfeited.

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