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RLD protects MLAs from SP's poaching

The SP is in touch with several MLAs of RLD and BSP, who may support the government on the floor, reports Masoodul Hasan.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2007 21:42 IST

With ruling Samajwadi Party launching massive "poaching operation" to win motion of trust on the floor of the House, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Chaudhury Ajit Singh on Tuesday summoned his party MLAs to Delhi to chalk out strategy for the assembly session commencing on January 18.

The RLD has also been trying to protect the MLAs. The SP is in touch with several MLAs of RLD and BSP, who may support the government on the floor.

While the SP general secretary and PWD Minister Shivpal Singh said that "some RLD MLAs are in touch and they would join the SP soon", the RLD legislature party chief Kaukab Hamid said "the party is intact".

Of the total 15 RLD MLAs, one MLA - Samar Pal Singh - had been suspended long back for anti-party activities.

Hamid told Hindustan Times over phone that Jansath MLA Dr Yashwant Singh had also left the party, adding that all other MLAs attended the meeting. Hamid said, "Delhi meeting had taken stock of the prevailing political situation in the state".

The party is in touch the Congress and Jan Morcha of former VP Singh for broader alliance in the state.

RLD general secretary Anil Dubey said the "Delhi meeting has decided to organise protest rallies all over western UP from February 6 to 12 on Harit Pradesh issue". He said "Harit Pradesh movement would now be expedited in the region".

He said that the "RLD would contest election in alliance with like-minded parties". Dubey said of over 100 assembly segments in western UP, "at least 60 seats are dominated by Jats and Muslims". The "Jat-Muslim combination would play a decisive role in the victory of the RLD in western UP", he added. These seats are spread over in Baghpat, Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Meerut, Bulandshahar, Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Mathura, Agra and Hathras.

Interestingly, Harit Pradesh issue, which was pushed to the backburner during the last five years, is now again being taken out to mobilise electorate in western UP.

Being an emotive issue, the RLD had exploited it during the last assembly and 2004 Lok Sabha election.

However, after joining Mayawati and later Mulayam Singh Yadav governments, the RLD avoided to take up the issue. Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav is opposed to the further division of the state.

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First Published: Jan 16, 2007 21:42 IST