Seat sharing talks fail between BJP and JD(U) in UP

Seat-sharing talks for Uttar Pradesh polls between NDA allies BJP and JD (U) have hit a low, with JD (U) announcing that it will not contest at all since BJP is not ready to accede to their demands for at least three dozen seats in the state. "This morning we decided to contest the elections separately in UP... For the time being, we have decided that the alliance (with BJP) will not happen for the UP elections," JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav said. He claimed that he had talked to BJP Chief Nitin Gadkari and other senior leaders to resolve the situation.
BJP was, however, tight-lipped about the issue and only maintained that it was not aware of Yadav's decision. JD(U) had indicated its willingness to contest 53 of the 403 Assembly seats under a seat-sharing arrangement with its NDA partner but the talks hit a roadblock when BJP announced its first list of candidates for UP, especially in seats JD(U) was keen to contest. On the number of seats his party is planning to contest in UP, Yadav said, "We have called a meeting of all senior party leaders and we will decide our next course of action on 4-5 January." Maintaining that the two NDA allies had several rounds of discussions to resolve the situation and arrive at an electoral understanding, he said the two parties had already exchanged their candidates list.

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