…but decision on alliance partner by Nov-end
HINTING AT an alliance with the Congress, national president of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), Ajit Singh still kept the cards close to his chest regarding formation of an alliance before the Vidhan Sabha election. “I will take final decision on the alliance by November end,” he said.
The soft corner for the Congress could be gauged from the fact, that, Singh did not utter a word against the party, while showed no mercy for the ruling Samajwadi Party, of which, RLD is an ally in the State. The BJP was no exception either.
Criticising the SP rule, Singh said deterioration of law and order would be a major issue in the Assembly election. “Criminals are running amok and mafia are running parallel government in the State,” he lamented.
Talking to media persons, Singh said, “Firearm license had been issued to the history sheeters and chances of improvement of law and order was really dim. Sudden spurt in the crime was an indication that police are mute spectator to the activities of the criminals,” he said.
“The people in the State want change. No one could predict the outcome of the Assembly election. Still no party would be in a position to form government on its strength. The RLD would again play crucial role in the formation of the government,” he said.
Earlier, addressing the party workers, Singh said results of the recently concluded urban local bodies do not give a true picture about the mood of the people.
The BSP did not contest the election and the BJP secured victory on several mayoral seats due to transfer of the BSP votes.
He directed the party leaders to start screening the candidates for the Vidhan Sabha election. Merely two months were left for poll. “Some parties might try to flare up the communal issues before the assembly election to garner votes” he cautioned the workers without naming the BJP.
Development in the State had been limited to the urban areas, while rural areas had been neglected. Large numbers of farmer were in debt trap. The government had failed to ensure that farmer get price of their crop. Weavers had been neglected, said Singh and suggested that for their upliftment the government should purchase sarees from the weavers committee for distribution among poor women.
In 1990, UP was among the top developed States in the country now it position has slipped at 20th, he said.