Setback to 'Third Front': NCP to contest in Bihar polls alone, not to ally with any party

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Patna, Oct 15: In what could be termed as a setback to the 'third front' alliance in Bihar, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has announced that it will contest alone in the ongoing Bihar Assembly Elections and not ally with any party.

Giving a severe jolt to Samajwadi Party Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and Janadhikar Party chief Pappu Yadav, NCP has decided to contest over 45 seats in the state.

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NCP to contest in Bihar polls alone

Earlier, senior NCP leader Tariq Anwar admitted that there is "some confusion" in the third front in Bihar.

"Yes, there are some confusion (in third front) as the alliance was stitched in haste. Initially, it was the alliance of SP and NCP under which the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led party was to contest 143 seats and the latter (NCP) was to field candidates in the remaining 100," Anwar earlier said.

Six parties - SP, NCP, Pappu Yadav's Janadhikar Party, Samras Samaj Party of former Union minister Nagmani, Nationalist Peoples Party of former Speaker PA Sangma and Samajwadi Janata Party of former Union minister Devendra Prasad Yadav - had announced the launch of the third front named Socialist Secular Morcha.

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