Owaisi, Devendra Yadav form separate anti-BJP front for Bihar polls

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen(AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi forged an alliance with Devendra Prasad Yadav’s Samajwadi Janata Dal (SJD) on Saturday for fighting the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections.

Announcing the launch of the United Democratic Secular Alliance (UDSA), Owaisi said Bihar needs a viable alternative government.

“UDSA will certainly provide it with the electoral blessings of lakhs of marginalised people, who have been exploited for political gains over the years,” Owaisi said while addressing a press conference with Yadav.

Yadav, who was a union cabinet minister in June 1996 in Deve Gowda ministry and Gujral ministry and a leader of Janata Dal-United and Rashtriya Janata Dal, formed Samajwadi Janata Dal Democratic.

“We will fight the election under the leadership of Devendra Prasad Yadav, the president of SJDD. We welcome all those parties who want to fight against communalism and communal parties,” Owaisi said.

Owaisi further said that today the BJP is riding high in Bihar due to the failure of the RJD. He claimed that he has defeated the BJP and the Shiv Sena in Hyderabad.

Earlier, AIMIM has declared it will contest on 50 seats in the upcoming assembly elections in Bihar. On Saturday, Owaisi said they have laid foundation of UDSA which would assess as on how many seats they should field candidates in the poll fray in the state.

The AIMIM has one MLA from the Kishanganj assembly constituency from the Seemanchal area of Bihar.