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Breakaway group of JD (U) quits NDA

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, FEB. 4. The Samajwadi Janata Dal (Democratic), a breakaway group of the Janata Dal (United), today announced its decision to quit the ruling National Democratic Alliance and called for an alternative national secular alliance with the Congress and other like-minded parties.

This was decided at the national executive committee of the party here today, the party's founder-president and MP, Devendra Prasad Yadav, told mediapersons later. He claimed that his group had been recognised by the Election Commission and the Lok Sabha Speaker.

Mr. Yadav, who was accompanied by Sasi Kumar, the SJD (D) member from Karnataka and former member of the JD (U), said they had decided to come out of the NDA as it was an anti-people and anti-farmer alliance.

"The elections will show that there is no feel-good factor in villages and rural areas. It is only in Delhi where the media is," he said.

The SJD (D) was in touch with the Congress, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Lok Janshakti Party, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and the Left parties in Bihar and Jharkhand.

Mr. Sasi Kumar said that in Karnataka, the party was in touch with the Congress and Deve Gowda's Janata Dal (Secular). "The picture will become clear latest by February 23," the two leaders said.

The two had quit the JD (U) in protest against not being consulted when the Samata Party was merged with it.

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