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RLD-SP differences surface in UP electoral alliance

Sharp differences have emerged in the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) over electoral alliance with Samajwadi Party in the state, reports Masoodul Hasan.

india Updated: Nov 28, 2006 00:58 IST

Sharp differences have emerged in the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) over electoral alliance with Samajwadi Party in the state. While the chairperson flood control commission and MP Anuradha Chaudhury has been lobbying for the poll pact, the RLD president Chaudhury Ajit Singh's son Jayant Chaudhury is firmly against any such move. 

Anuradha Chaudhury's statement that the party had agreed to continue the electoral pact with SP on Monday evoked a sharp reaction from Jayant in Machlishahr (Jaunpur). Jayant told newsmen that the report was "baseless and fabricated".

He said the party had taken no such decision. Jayant, in a veiled attack on Anuradha Chaudhury, said nobody else except Chaudhury Ajit Singh had the right to decide about seat sharing and alliance with any party. Anuradha Chaudhury even said that the party had agreed to contest 70 seats in alliance with the SP. Jayant, who has been vigorously campaigning in eastern UP along with senior party leader Munna Singh Chauhan, had already opposed the state government's unemployment allowance to the youth.

The RLD chief, who has been keeping his cards close to his chest, recently said the decision about the alliance would be announced soon. But he doesn't appear to be in a hurry over the issue. With the receding possibility of February poll, the party seems to continue in the government. But a group especially from eastern UP is against further participation in the government. The RLD leaders from Poorvanchal have veered round to the view that it would adversely affect the party's prospects in the region.

The western-UP based RLD, has now been making determined efforts to strengthen its base in the eastern region. 

The party is already on sticky wicket in the western region, where it thrived so far on the Jat-Muslim combination. However, now the United Democratic Front (UDF) of Jama Masjid Imam Ahmad Bukhari and Jan Morcha of Raj Babbar have been trying to wean away Muslims from the RLD. The BSP has deployed general secretary Nasimuddin Siddique to win over the community in the west.

Email Masoodul Hasan: mhasan@hindustantimes.com