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RJD to contest few seats in Assam polls, says Tejashwi Yadav

GUWAHATI: The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), that lost narrowly to the BJP-Janata Dal (United) alliance in the Bihar elections last year, will contest a few seats in Assam assembly elections.

This was stated by RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav here today adding that the party would make the foray in alliance with “like-minded” parties.

Yadav was here since last evening holding discussions with parties not allied with the ruling BJP. After holding talks with the Congress, Yadav was scheduled to hold a discussion All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF). The Congress and AIUDF have formed an alliance with four other left parties.

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This was Yadav’s first visit to Assam that will go to polls on March 27, April 1 and 6.

“We are holding discussions with like-minded parties,” he said.

Yadav said the RJD was also in touch with other smaller parties in Assam.

“About five per cent Hindi-speaking population from Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh live in Assam. We have a sizeable number of such people in 11 assembly seats. But, we’ll contest only where chances of winning are high,” Yadav said.

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Yadav also indicated that he would travel to other poll-bound states and Union Territories — West Bengal, Puducherry and Kerala to take part campaign against the BJP and its allies.

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