WITH UNCERTAINTY prevailing over the holding of assembly poll in February, Rashtriya Lok Dal president Chaudhury Ajit Singh doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to part ways with Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav. However, there are reports that he has been holding discussions with the Congress on seat sharing.
Even though Singh told Hindustan Times here on Thursday that decision about electoral alliance would be announced “soon”, he indicated that it would only happen in case of a February election.
Singh said with the Election Commission’s planning a detailed revision of voters list and distribution of identity cards, early election appeared unlikely.
Singh said he was under no illusion that withdrawal of Rashtriya Lok Dal support would lead to the fall of the Mulayam Government. Thus he had been weighing all options before taking the plunge. He said there was utter confusion over alliances and RLD’s delay to decide had only precipitated it further.
“Rashtriya Lok Dal is the only party which has to enter into an alliance,” Singh said and added others had already opened their cards.
Singh, whose party fared poor in the recent local bodies poll, said it did not reflect the possible outcome of the assembly election.
He added since the Bahujan Samaj Party was not in the fray and migration of its votes was debatable. But in assembly election this vote would only go to Bahujan Samaj Party, he commented. He added urban body poll did not cover large assembly segments.
Singh, who is not happy with the law and order situation, attacked DGP Bua Singh for his role in the Rampur Tiraha firing in October 1994. He said the ‘kidnapping industry’ in UP was worth more than Rs 200 crore.
Apart from western UP where the party has roots, Singh has planned to field candidates in eastern UP also.
Singh has repeatedly expressed his disenchant with the coalition government and now there was strong feeling in the party that continuation of alliance with the SP would irreversibly damage the electoral prospects of the party.
Already the Jat-Muslim alliance in western UP has been showing signs of cracks.
However, the party feels it would be able to retain the base in minority and also ward off anti-incumbency under new alliance.