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RLD pins hopes on Jayant

FACING THE anti-incumbency factor and resentment from a section of the party, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) has pinned its hopes on youth leader Jayant Chaudhury to galvanise the organisation in elections.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2006 01:11 IST

FACING THE anti-incumbency factor and resentment from a section of the party, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) has pinned its hopes on youth leader Jayant Chaudhury to galvanise the organisation in elections.

Jayant, son of party chief Chaudhary Ajit Singh, has already undertaken a tour of 35 districts in eastern UP and Bundelkhand region. On Tuesday, he called upon youth workers here to gear up the party for forthcoming elections.

While attempting to contain people’s disenchantment with the party in western UP, the RLD has been desperately trying to re-establish itself in Poorvanchal and Bundelkhand. Jayant told newspersons that there was good response from farmers to rallies in these areas.

The positive effect of the party’s alliance with former PM VP Singh’s Kisan Morcha is yet to be seen.

The Raja of Manda has his own gameplan of floating a morcha against the Samajwadi Party, which may not suit the RLD.

Thus, in a difficult caste-ridden political scenario, the party has fielded Jayant to lead Kisan rallies in the eastern region and Bundelkhand which were once pocket boroughs of his grandfather Chaudhury Charan Singh. With bickering in the party against MP and Irrigation Development and Flood Control Commission chairperson Anuradha Chaudhury in western UP, party chief Ajit Singh has deliberately kept his son from a messy situation in western UP. Jayant thus has the mandate to prove his mettle in an unexplored region. With a clean image, the party expects Jayant to be able to win some assembly seats for it.

“We will field a large number of candidates,” he said and added youth leadership was projected by all parties.

While the SP plans to project Akhilesh Singh Yadav, the Congress is banking on the charisma of Rahul Gandhi. Jayant said he was trying to break caste vote bank system to usher in healthy politics.

He said senior leaders were not ideologically committed and their only motive was to get a ticket for elections.

First Published: Apr 19, 2006 01:11 IST