PATNA: The ruling JD-U led by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has decided to contest at least 50 seats in the Gujarat assembly elections.
The party made this announcement after a meeting JD-U’s Gujarat party chief Jayanti Bhai Patel with Kumar at the CM House in Patna on Monday.
Earlier, the JD-U had planned to field its candidates on 10-12 seats but emboldened by the allotment of ‘Arrow’ symbol by the Election Commission, the party has now decided to contest more seats.
In the last elections too, the JD-U had contested some 50 seats in Gujarat but was able to win only one seat.
“We are contesting to establish our own identity in the country. We will not have any confrontation with the BJP,” party’s spokesperson KC Tyagi was quoted as saying in the local media on Tuesday.
Tyagi has gone on records saying the JD-U will not have alliance with any party, including the BJP, and that it will go it alone in the Gujarat state polls.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad has said the JD-U is fielding candidates just to cut into the votes of Patel community and help the BJP in the elections.