JDU to ally with BJP in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls

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New Delhi, Dec 11: The Bharatiya Janta Party is likely to ally with Janta Dal United (JDU) to jointly contest the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Meanwhile, the seat-sharing agreement might be finalised on Sunday (today) evening.

However, on Dec 13, a meeting will be held under the Central Election Committee (CEC) to clear the first list of party candidates and also to put its seal on the seat-sharing arrangement.The BJP is expected to contest in 22 out of the 403 seats for the JDU.

Earlier, the JD(U) had decided to contest alone in 53 seats in the 403 member UP Assembly. Thereafter, they shortlisted 34 of them after four rounds of discussions. Meanwhile final talks between two parties are scheduled on Sunday (today) evening. The two parties are also exploring the possibility of going for a joint election campaign.

Sources said that the negotiations for seat-sharing in Uttar Pradesh are being conducted by JD(U) general secretary K C Tyagi, who is a close confidante of party chief Sharad Yadav and BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

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