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Ajit sends split signals

PREPARING TO break the alliance with ruling Samajwadi Party (SP), Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) president Chaudhury Ajit Singh assailed the State Government for deteriorating law and order situation.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2006 01:33 IST

PREPARING TO break the alliance with ruling Samajwadi Party (SP), Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) president Chaudhury Ajit Singh assailed the State Government for deteriorating law and order situation.

He said that while crime graph was rising, every section of the society, including farmers, weavers, dalits, minorities and labourers, were facing problems. Singh said that his party would have issue-based electoral alliance with any party.

Singh, who was addressing a rally in Basti on Monday, said that mafiosi was ruling the roost. He said that the people would have no say in the administration if they supported nafiosi-turned politicians in the State. Singh said while corruption was rampant, the government had lost its will power to control the situation.

He said that only tormentors of the poor were enjoying the power. He said ‘mafiosi raj’ in Poorvanchal affected industrial development and added that the State Government had provided gunners to the people to terrorise others. About alliance with the SP, Singh said it would be decided after assessing the situation. 

Expressing concern over drought situation, Singh said that the poor power supply had worsened the situation in rural areas. Asking the State Government to withdraw 22 per cent tax on diesel to provide succour to the drought-hit farmers, Singh said that the Centre should also take similar measures in UP.

The RLD, which has been carrying on campaign for Harit Pradesh in western UP, said that separate Poorvanchal could only solve the problems of the region.

However, the SP is opposed to further division of the State. Ajit Singh indicated that poll pact was possible with parties, which supported his agenda for smaller states. Singh also attacked BSP president Mayawati for allegedly selling assembly tickets. Former MLA Ramlalit Chaudhury, who had recently deserted the BSP to join the RLD, had organised the rally. Singh said that Mayawati was not Dalit but “Daulat ki beti (daughter of wealth).” Singh complimented Ramlalit for good turnout at the rally.

The RLD has been making desperate efforts to widen its base outside western UP.