The Rashtriya Lok Samata Party and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi headed AIMIM on Thursday announced a new front of six parties for the Bihar polls whose chief ministerial candidate will be Upendra Kushwaha.
Addressing a press conference in the presence of Mr Owaisi, M Kushwaha said the new grouping is named “Grand Democratic Secular Front” whose convenor will be former union minister Devendra Prasad Yadav.
The constituents of the new front are – RLSP, AIMIM, BSP of Mayawati, Suhaldev Bhartiya Samaj Party, Samajik Janata Dal (democratic) and Jantantrik Party (Socialist), they told media persons.
M Yadav and Mr Owaisi said at the joint press conference that they were happy to announce that these parties have joined hands to give a “positive choice” to the people who are “fed-up” with the two coalitions- NDA and the Grand Alliance.
“Upendra Kushwaha will be the chief ministerial candidate of the front,” they said.
Some candidates of the six parties have already filed nominations for the first phase of voting on October 28 in the state.
Earlier, Mr Owaisi and Mr Yadav’s parties had floated a separate front so was Mr Kushwaha’s RLSP which had launched a three-party front including that of Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
Except for the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) one legislator, none others had any MLA in the outgoing Bihar house.