Patna, March 6: After winning a thumping victory with grand alliance in last year's Bihar assembly elections, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar led-JD(U) is all set to test itself in three out of five poll-bound states this year.
According to media reports, JD(U) is planning to contest in Assam, Kerala and West Bengal assembly elections, that are slated to be held from April 4 to May 16. [5 states assembly election dates announced; poll results to be declared on May 19]
JD(U) secretary general and Rajya Sabha member K C Tyagi told TOI that the party will contest in these 3 states in an alliance with like-minded parties, while it will support secular forces in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
In West Bengal, JD(U) will form a pre-poll alliance with Left aprties, Congress and others, Tyagi said. West Bengal will go to polls in six phases and the polling dates are- April 4, April 11, April 17, April 21, April 25, April 30 and May 5.
In Assam, JD(U) is looking for potential allies and is planning to contest in those assembly seats, where it has a support base of Bihar people. Assam will go to polls in two phases on April 4 and April 11.
In Kerala, JD(U) has forged pre-poll alliance with the ruling UDF and is looking for more partners. Kerala, along with Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, will have single-phase polling on May 16.
The counting of votes will take place on May 19, Thursday.