TO GIVE final shape to the snapping of alliance with the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) president Chaudhury Ajit Singh today reviewed the prevailing political situation in western UP. The move was aimed at taking leaders of the area into confidence before taking the plunge.
There are reports that negotiations with the Congress for Singh’s entry into UPA Cabinet are in an advance stage. While the Congress has offered him Cabinet berth one more party MP could be accommodated as Minister of State. Initially, name of chairperson Flood Control Commission Anuradha Chaudhury had cropped up for the MoS, but now Jamiat Ulema Hind general secretary and RLD Rajya Sabha member Maulana Mahmood Madni has also joined the race.
There is feeling that Madni’s inclusion in the Union Ministry along with Ajit Singh would be politically beneficial for the party.
“It would help in further consolidating Jat-Muslim combination in western UP,” commented a senior party leader here.
Mahmood Madni, son of the legendry Maulana Asad Madni, has good following due to his JUH network in western UP.
The crucial meeting of prominent leaders, including party ministers, MLAs and district units, in Delhi discussed nitty- gritty of the issues before abandoning the Yadav bandwagon.
Highly placed party sources said here that Singh had directed leaders to adopt strident posture against the State Government. While Singh had earlier announced that a decision about continuance in the alliance would be taken after consulting party workers in the State, he has now fallen back of western UP leaders to decide the issue.
There were reports about disenchantment among some MLAs over breaking of ties with the SP. Political circles were agog with speculation about split in the RLD if Singh decided to join the UPA Government. However, almost all MLAs from the Jatland (western UP) were solidly with him. Singh has asked the leaders to start election preparation and take up the farmers’ issues effectively.
Instructions have also been issued to strengthen the organisation in the region, which had returned 14 MLAs in the last election. While Singh has been trying to reach out to people in other parts of the State, western UP still continues to be his priority area.