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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party (SP), Uttar Pradesh’s ruling party, has withdrawn from the anti-BJP coalition in Bihar on Thursday, saying that it will contest the assembly election in the state on its own.

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SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav told media that the “grand coalition” had disgraced his party by offering only five of the 243 seats.

He said the party would be contesting the upcoming Bihar polls “with all its might” and they would talk to other parties as well. There are indications that the party would field 150 candidates in Bihar.

Asked if the decision was linked to his recent meeting with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, Yadav answered in the negative.

He said the Samajwadi Party could not be blamed for the division of secular votes, saying the BJP did well in recent elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat even in a straight contest.

Ashok Singh, president of the Uttar Pradesh unit of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), called the Samajwadi Party’s decision “very unfortunate”. He said all stakeholders should get together and rethink the issue.

But Samajwadi Party sources ruled out any such possibility and added that the decision was final.

While there were back-channel talks between RJD chief Lalu and Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh in recent days over seat allocation, the deal did not materialize largely owing to opposition from Ram Gopal Yadav.

While the Samajwadi Party was not given any seat initially, Lalu Prasad gave away five seats from his quota of 100.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United will contest another 100 seats. The Congress will contest 40 seats and the Nationalist Congress Party will contest three seats.

With inputs from IANS

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Lalu’s 4th Fodder Scam Case: Court to Deliver Judgment on March 15

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Besides Lalu Prasad, another former Chief Minister, Jagganth Mishra, and 30 others are also accused in this case. Wikimedia Commons

The hearing in a fourth multi-million rupee fodder scam involving former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD Chief Lalu Yadav concluded in Ranchi on Monday in a special CBI court, which fixed March 15 as the date for delivering its judgment.

The case relates to fraudulent withdrawals Rs 13.13 crore from December 1995 to January 1996 from the Dumka treasury.

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Lalu Prasad was convicted in the first case in 2013 and was awarded five years imprisonment. Wikimedia Commons

He was convicted by a special CBI court in the second case on December 23, 2017, and awarded three-and-a-half-years imprisonment on January 6. He was convicted in a third case on January 24 related to fraudulent withdrawals from Chaibasa treasury and was awarded a five-year term.

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He now faces another two cases — one in Ranchi and one in Patna.

The multi-million rupee fodder scam had surfaced in the 1990s when Lalu Yadav was the Chief Minister of undivided Bihar. The probe was handed over to CBI on the directive of the Patna High Court.

The bulk of the cases were transferred to Ranchi after Jharkhand was carved out from Bihar in 2000. (IANS)