RLD chief pins hope on SP, Cong

RLD chief pins hope on SP, Cong

Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh, after being abandoned by Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar, is banking heavily on a possible alliance with the SP and the Congress in the Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.

RLD leaders, like the Congress, have been keenly observing the developments in the
rival SP camps, and are awaiting the poll panel’s decision on the party’s cycle symbol.

“We can comment on the possibility of an alliance with the SP only after the Election Commission’s decision on the symbol. We feel that secular forces should unite to fight the BJP,” Ajit’s son Jayant Chaudhary said, addressing a party workers’ meeting at Meerut on Friday. Ajit has called for the formation of an “alliance of like-minded parties” to take on the BJP in the polls.

Earlier, Nitish had dropped hints that his party was not averse to joining hands with the RLD to “defeat the communal forces”.

But of late, Nitish has been cosying up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, triggering speculation that JD(U) may not put up candidates in the state.

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