A week after Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav ruled out the possibility of a grand alliance in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and Janata Dal (U) on Monday announced the decision to form an alliance.
Reports earlier said Jayant Chaudhary, RLD chief Ajit Singh’s son and the party general secretary, is likely to be declared the CM face of the alliance.
Bahujan Samaj Swabhiman Sangharsh Samiti (BS4) is also expected join with RLD and JD(U) to fight the election together, The Indian Express reported.
Putting a full stop to the speculation about forging an alliance, SP chief Mulayam Singh had earlier announced that his party will not have an alliance for the coming UP assembly elections.
Mulayam Singh said, “The party will stick to the earlier decision taken during Samajwadi Party national council meeting in which it was decided that SP will go alone in the UP elections. Therefore, the party will not go for any alliance in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.”
“If anyone wants to contest along with us, they will have to merge their party with ours,” he added.