Bihar: Pappu Yadav Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) and Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan’s Azad Samaj Party (ASP) joined hands on Monday to form the Progressive Democratic Alliance (PDA) for contesting Bihar Assembly polls. There are two alliances in Bihar, one is cattiest and the other is communal. Our coalition is humanitarian. This coalition is about socialism, not politics.
Other parties of the alliance are SDPI and Bahuhan Mukti Party (BMP). SDPI is headed by Mr. M K Faizi whereas BMP is of Vaman Meshram.
We will announce the face of the coalition in the coming days, Pappu Yadav said during a press conference “This is not the final coalition. We will come up with a common minimum programme in the next two days. We will welcome everyone who wants to save Bihar. We are ready to World Business Heath welcome Chirag Paswan, Upendra Kushwaha and we are also ready to welcome the Congress, he added.
Chandrashekhar Azad said, “We will always be available at places where a fight for justice is going on The Election Commission announced that Bihar assembly elections will be held in three phases: October 28, and November 3 and 7. The counting of votes will take place on November 10.
In the 2015 Assembly polls, JDU, RJD and Congress had fought the elections together under the Mahagathbandhan bannet. On the other hand, the BJP-led NDA had fought the elections with Lok Janshakti Party (L.JP) and other allies RJD with 80 seats had emerged as the single largest party in the elections, followed by JDU (71), and BJP (53). However, BJP got the largest vote share (24.42 per cent) followed by RJD with 18 35 per cent and JDU (16.83 per cent).
After the polls, however, a rift emerged between JDU and the RJD in 2017, leading to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar snapping ties and rejoining the BJP led NDA to retain power in Bihar.