Lucknow: The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) party, who tried to fit itself as a part of grand alliance in between Congress and Samajwadi Party in the past three months ahead of upcoming state assembly elections, today decided to contest all the 403 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh in alliance with JD-U and 10 smaller parties.
RLD state unit chief Masood Ahmad announced after a meeting with these parties, “We will contest all the 403 seats in alliance with JD(U) and 10 smaller parties.”
The decision comes against the backdrop of Ajit Singh-led RLD failing to curry favour with either ruling Samajwadi Party or Congress.
The parties with which RLD has joined hands besides JD(U) include Rashtriya Samanta Dal, Rashtriya Apna Dal, Hamari Apni Party, Rashtriya Kranti Party, Bhartiya Vanchit Samaj party.
While Samajwadi Party washed its hands off a possible tie-up with RLD, Congress appeared to be in disagreement on the number of seats to be earmarked for alliance.
Congress reportedly offered some 20 seats to RLD chief’s son Jayant Choudhary, who was reportedly in touch with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
RLD was not prepared to accept anything short of 30 seats, dashing hopes of an alliance with Congress.