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UP polls: Haven't received invitation from Samajwadi Party so far, says JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar on Friday said he had not received any invitation to take part in the November 5 programme of the Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh.

Nitish Kumar and Mulayam Singh Yadav. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

Nitish Kumar and Mulayam Singh Yadav. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

Replying to a question on the political development in Uttar Pradesh in the wake of the feud within the ruling SP, Kumar dwelt on the unsuccessful efforts for the unification of the old Janata Parivar.

"A step was taken to form a strong party after the merger of the six erstwhile splinter parties of the old Janata Parivar. To a great extent, progress was also achieved," he said.

"Talks were progressing under the chairmanship of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, but they did not succeed," he added.

"But, it will be wrong to assume that such efforts will not be made again or will not succeed in the future," Kumar, who had played an important role in the unification of the Janata Parivar before the Bihar Assembly polls last year, said.

The SP has decided to invite the prominent leaders of the old Janata Parivar at its foundation day programme on 5 November.

Efforts to bring together the socialist leaders of the Janata Parivar are being seen as an attempt to achieve a Bihar-like potent alliance of the secular parties to defeat the BJP in the crucial Uttar Pradesh Assembly election early next year.

Kumar, whose election as JD(U) national president was ratified by the party's national council at Rajgir earlier this month, has made at least eight trips to Uttar Pradesh in the recent past and has shared the dais with Ajit Singh of the RLD and rebel BSP leader RK Choudhary. He has also held talks with Mohammad Ayub of the Peace Party.

Replying to another question, Kumar said the legislature, judiciary and executive had important roles in a democratic set-up and all the wings should cooperate with each other.

Updated Date: Oct 28, 2016 22:13 PM

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