NEW DELHI: The leaderships of the Samajwadi Party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Lok Jan Shakti Party will formally announce the launch of their pre-poll “secular alliance” on April 3 in Lucknow.
Although the three parties have separately announced their coming together, the formal announcement will be made in the presence of SP chief Mulayam Singh, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan.
Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, SP general secretary Amar Singh said the three leaders were to hold a joint press conference here on Monday.
However, that plan was changed.
“We three are together. We will fight jointly in North India. We will not clash with each other in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh where there are 120 Lok Sabha seats,” he said.
Mr. Paswan had said in Patna that he had talked to Mr. Singh and Mr. Prasad. The three parties would provide an alternative in the fight against communal forces.
To a question on the refusal of Ajay Singh, LJP candidate and former Prime Minister V.P. Singh’s son, to withdraw from the contest, Mr. Singh said certain sacrifices were required to achieve bigger gains. The announcement comes close on the heels of the Congress announcing that it would contest most of the 40 seats in Bihar and a large number of the 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh.