New Delhi: The Rashtriya Lok Dal will contest along with the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha election. This comes after a monthlong negotiation, as announced by both SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and RLD’s Jayant Chaudhary at a news conference in Lucknow, on Tuesday.
RLD will contest from three Lok Sabha seats, that is from Baghpat, Mathura and Muzaffarnagar. This was expected when Mayawati and Akhilesh had announced their alliance, in January.
Jayant Chaudhary, at the news conference, said, “Rashtriya Lok Dal will join the BSP-SP alliance in Uttar Pradesh. Our workers will work hard to ensure victory of the alliance on all seats of the state,” and while thanking Yadav and Mayawati for accommodating the RLD in the grand alliance, added, “I am really happy that today we also got blessings of Neta Ji Mulayam Singh Yadav. I would like to tell all my party workers that respected Akhilesh Ji and respected Behen Ji have accommodated RLD and I hope our party workers will ensure win of the alliance on all the 80 seats in the state. We will be fighting with our symbol on three seats while on rest of the seats we will support the grand alliance.”
Yadav said, “This is the biggest alliance of UP and everyone has come together to change the current sad situation of farmers, businessmen and the common man. This is an alliance of ideologies. We hope that the country will get new prime minister after the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha election.”
He also claimed that the Congress is a part of mahagathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh too and said, “Congress is with us, it is a part of our alliance. Why do you (media) repeatedly ask if Congress will come with us or not? I have said before also that Congress is part of Mahagatbandhan, they will contest on 2 seats in our alliance.”
Mayawati had explained that one issue with getting the Congress on board was that the party had “no real vote transfer” and her repeated attacks on the party in the last one month have poured cold water over the rumours.