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RLD, SP: End of the road?

india Updated: Jun 27, 2006 01:44 IST

THE RASHTRIYA Lok Dal is unhappy with the Samajwadi Party Government over a host of issues, many of them pertaining to western UP. Sources have gone to the extent of saying that a parting of ways could be on the anvil.

Moreover, the RLD and the Congress could emerge as new partners in State politics, with the Bahujan Samaj Party playing the role of a silent ally.

Sources said RLD chief Ajit Singh, a trusted ally of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav so far, is all set to embark on a 10-day tour of the region from July 2 to give vent to his anti-government sentiments. Such a tour will come just two days after the CM visits the district on June 30.

Singh is unhappy with the ruling party for opposing his pet Harit Pradesh plank.

It will not be surprising if the SP and the RLD find themselves face to face when elections are held. The RLD has criticized the SP over lack of irrigation facilities, power cuts and soaring prices of essential commodities.

There are irritants at the regional level as well.

The Lok Dal has declared Kadir Rana as its candidate for the erstwhile Morna constituency. This has evoked strong protests from the Samajwadi Party. The seat is at present held by the BSP. Samajwadi Party district president Sanjay Chauhan was the runner-up in the last election.

In recent months, new alliances in view of the UP assembly election have been forged. Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav and Apna Dal president Sone Lal Patel have already joined hands. They are expected to pose a serious challenge to the Samajwadi Party in eastern UP.

Moreover, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, his political rival Ram Vilas Paswan, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, MP Raj Babbar, former Prime Minister V.P. Singh have also joined hands and given a call to oust the Samajwadi Party.

Meanwhile, the CM’s visit will test the SP and the district administration. The BJP has said it will show black flags to the CM. It is upset with a recent lathi-charge on its party workers.

The unemployment allowance, the Kanya Dhan scheme and dearness allowance installments are all being seen as pre-election sops by the general public.