WITH RASHTRIYA Lok Dal (RLD) president Chaudhary Ajit Singh recommending two names for induction into Mulayam Singh Yadav ministry, the possibility of a tie-up with the Congress appears to have run into rough weather. The move is contrary to a “distancing process” from the SP.
Hectic parleys have been going on for quite some time between the Congress and the RLD for a pre-election tie-up in the State. As a prelude, Singh was to be inducted into the Congress-led UPA Cabinet. Singh, too, had targeted the State Government for the fast deteriorating law and order situation in the State.
Singh had also given enough indications about not having an electoral pact with the Samajwadi Party. However, the sudden proposal for inclusion of two non-legislators into the UP ministry has amply demonstrated softening of relations between Singh and Yadav.
Even though it is too early to say that the RLD will abide by its earlier commitment of a poll pact with the SP, the party has been finding it inexplicably difficult to distance itself from the SP at present. Yadav had recently announced in Meerut that the SP and the RLD would jointly contest the assembly election.
But the RLD has decided to go it alone in the civic election in the State. The party has been making desperate efforts to reach out to people in eastern UP.
Ajit Singh will address a rally in Shravasti on Thursday.
The party is also divided over its continued alliance with the SP. While a group led by Flood Control Commission chairperson Anuradha Chaudhury is in favour of a pact with the SP, others, including a majority of MLAs, are against the tie-up.
Ajit Singh had summoned senior party leaders last month in Delhi to chalk out a strategy for UP. The party has planned to contest at least 200 seats in the assembly election. The SP, which had surrendered 10 Lok Sabha seats to the RLD in the 2004 election, could ill-afford to give 200 seats in the assembly election. The RLD’s Jat-Muslim combination is also under strain because of Muslim mobilisation by Minister for Haj and Minorities Welfare Haji Yaqoob Qureshi in western UP.