UP parties welcome Bihar development, but no sign of similar realignment against BJP in sight

Updated: Aug 14 2022 12:39AM

Lucknow, Aug 14 (PTI) Opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh have welcomed the coming together of the warring JD(U) and RJD in Bihar, but gave no indication of a similar realignment of forces against the BJP in the politically crucial state in the run-up to the 2024 parliamentary election.

The parties acknowledge that defeating the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, which send 80 members to Lok Sabha, is key to oust it from power at the Centre. But they remain shy of taking any initiative to unite forces against the BJP, more so considering the poor results of such alliances in the past.

The BJP's ascendency to power coincided with the dramatic increase in its tally in Uttar Pradesh -- from 10 seats in the 2009 Lok Sabha election to 71 in 2014 and 62 in 2019.