SP silver jubilee event not an exercise for Grand Alliance: Nitish

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said the silver jubilee function of Samajwadi Party (SP) was not an exercise for formation of a Grand Alliance and that such initiatives could yield result if taken with right earnest to counter BJP in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Mr Kumar told mediapersons here that SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav had made a telephone call late last evening requesting him to attend silver jubilee function of the party to be held in Lucknow on November 5. It would not be possible for him to attend the function as Chhath Puja was being observed in his family, he stated. "The silver jubilee event of SP should not be viewed as an exercise for formation of a Grand Alliance and it is just an emotional occasion for a party to celebrate its foundation day", the Chief Minister said, adding that he would have been happy to attend the event but Chhath festival in his family made it impossible for him to be part of the celebration.

Mr Kumar said that he had earlier favoured larger unity among six parties of Janata Parivar to counter BJP but it could not materialise at the last moment. If it could not take shape in past, no inference should be drawn that such exercise would not yield any result in future as well, he emphasised. The Chief Minister said that his party JD(U) would contest assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh with all vigour and enthusiasm. Several public meetings were held in the state and it evoked good response from the people, he remarked. Mr Kumar, responding to a query about suicide of a retired Army jawan in New Delhi, said that the incident had proved the fact that One Rank One Pension (OROP) had not been implemented properly. There was an urgent need to address the issue seriously by the Centre, he remarked.

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