Patna, July 26: Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal will not contest the Uttar Pradesh elections next year, the party's Bihar president Ram Chandra Purvey has confirmed to OneIndia.
"Lalu Yadav's main agenda is to defeat Prime Minister Modi and the BJP in every state from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. In Uttar Pradesh, we do not want to divide the 'secular forces' and the vote", Purvey said.
The Bihar-based RJD is not a big force in UP, but Lalu Yadav wants to ensure that the Yadav and Muslim votes do not split and disadvantage Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party.
The JD(U), however, will contest the UP elections, Bihar food minister Shyam Rajak said, while proferring the same reason: to defeat the BJP!
"RJD has decided not to contest the UP elections, they will support the Samajwadi Party. But our party's agenda is to defeat the BJP in Uttar Pradesh. Our people are already working throughout the state and we are getting a huge response from UP's voters", Rajak said. "We are all united with the aim of defeating the BJP".