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Sharad Yadav will work with Opposition parties in Bihar, says LJD

The Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) said on Sunday that its patron Sharad Yadav will work to bring the opposition alliance to power in Bihar, as it rejected speculation about him joining hands with JD(U) president and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

In a statement, the LJD vowed to strive hard to bring “more cohesion among the secular forces” in the upcoming assembly elections in Bihar and other constituencies where by-elections are yet to be announced, and hit out at the central government over its “anti-farmers” policies.

Voting for Bihar Assembly elections will be held in three phases on October 28, November 3 and November 7 in one of the biggest elections globally during the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by counting of votes on November 10, the Election Commission had announced.

The party’s office bearers held a meeting here in which they also paid homage to singer S P Balasubrahmanyam and former Union minister Jaswant Singh. Mr. Yadav, who is ill, is the party’s patron.

The LJD in the statement claimed that there have been rumours that Mr. Yadav may join the JD(U) and rejected them as “totally false and baseless“.

With the country in “deep economic distress” and urban India hit hard by COVID-19, the LJD strongly condemns the government’s “anti-farmer policies” and views them as a serious assault on the potential of the rural economy to put the country back on track to progress, the statement said, in an apparent reference to the farm bills brought by the Centre

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