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Nitish holds strategic meet of JD(U) leaders on UP elections

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

A day after the JD(U) national council meeting which ratified his as the new party president, today senior party leaders to draw strategy for the Assembly elections in

The meeting was attended by Kumar, former party chief Sharad Yadav, party secretary general K C Tyagi, party president Basistha Narayan Singh, member and Kumar's close aide R and two senior state ministers, Bijendra Prasad Yadav and Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan.

Tyagi told PTI that the JD(U) chief of Dr Ayub was also present at the meeting to draw strategy for the UP polls and said the meeting also deliberated on expansion programme of the party in other states.

Tyagi said JD(U)'s main focus in UP would be to checkmate the as it did successfully getting into an alliance with RJD and in last year.

"Our party chief will play a crucial role in uniting all secular parties to defeat and in UP," he said.

Kumar, in his speech yesterday at Rajgir, had talked about how was trying to rake up its old bogey of Ram temple to reap benefits in the UP Assembly polls.

He alleged that ahead of UP election, BJP was talking about construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya in Lucknow.

"Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi chanted 'Jai Sri Ram' at Vijaya Dashmi day in Lucknow, VHP chief Pravin Togadia talked about construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya, an issue which is pending before the Supreme Court," he said.

"BJP and other outfits of are becoming aggressive on Ayodhya in view of the UP poll. We will make all efforts to foil their designs by forging unity among non-BJP secular parties," Tyagi said.

During his recent trips to UP, Kumar had shared dais with RLD leader Ajit Singh, BSP rebel R K Chaudhary and was also in contact with Apna Dal.

Yesterday at the plenary session of JD(U) at Rajgir, Kumar had made an overture to his counterpart Akhilesh Yadav, who is locked in a family feud, to enforce prohibition which he said would help him come out of the "family shadow" and win the UP Assembly elections.

Kumar had also come down heavily on chief Yadav and said, "We had offered him the post of president in the reunited Janata Parivar and also the head of the group in Parliament. But, he walked out and the role he played in Bihar elections, it seems brought a curse, which has been manifested in the intense feud in his party.

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First Published: Tue, October 18 2016. 19:57 IST