After his hard-fought entry into the Union cabinet, Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh has now got down to business, giving final touches to his party’s list of candidates for assembly polls in UP.
Sources said the RLD was likely to release the first list in a day or two after deliberations at Singh’s residence in New Delhi.
“We may announce around 15 seats, a few of them for eastern UP also, by Tuesday,” a senior RLD leader told HT.
Even after the pre-condition — his ministership — he set for an alliance with the Congress for assembly polls in UP has been met, Singh is still bargaining to wrest as many seats as possible from the Congress to contest in.
Singh, sources said, is insisting on more than six seats in eastern UP, something the Congress is unwilling to part with.
“We are determined to open an account in eastern UP this time and we can do it only when we are allowed to contest more seats of our choice there,” said another leader.
The Congress, he pointed out, must consider the fact that the alliance will benefit more “simply because the Congress is very weak in western UP, which is our stronghold”.
There is an atmosphere of celebration in the RLD camp after Singh was sworn in.
The party’s youth wing leaders, led by Mohammed Arif Mahmood, distributed laddoos weighing 51 kg and burst crackers at RLD headquarters here on Monday.