JD (U) would contest the Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh assembly elections, party’s national secretary general K C Tyagi told TOI on Tuesday. He said Bihar CM Nitish Kumar would address a public meeting at Banswada in Chhattisgarh on May 30.

Tyagi said like Gujarat, Nagaland and Karnataka, JD(U) would contest the upcoming elections in the three states alone. “We are not a part of NDA outside Bihar,” he clarified. On being asked about the number of seats JD(U) intends to contest, Tyagi said: “Numbers don’t matter. Our motive is to maintain our identity as a socialist party. Accordingly, we will field candidates in those pockets where people follow the Ram Manohar Lohia’s model of socialist movement.”

Incidentally, JD(U) could not win a single seat either in Gujarat or in Karnataka, where it had fielded 15 and 34 candidates respectively. It, however, managed to win one seat in Nagaland where the party had fielded 15 candidates.