UP elections: No Grand Alliance with Ajit Singh's RLD
"We will be going it all alone in Uttar Pradesh," says RLD
Earlier in the week, Samajwadi Party's family feud came to an end with Election Commission's decision that "cycle" belongs to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, and soon enough Alliance with Congress was announced. However, Ajit Singh's RLD has moved out of the equation completely now.
The Grand Alliance worked wonders in Bihar, and it was expected to cross the magic figure mark in Uttar Pradesh this year. However, the seat sharing issue has broken the deal between Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), Samajwadi Party and the Congress.
"We will forge an alliance only with the Congress. We will not ally with the RLD. No talks are going on with them (RLD). We will contest from over 300 seats (out of 403) and the Congress will be there for the rest of them," SP national vice-president Kironmoy Nanda said on Thursday.
A key player in Western Uttar Pradesh that has more than 120 seats, Singh's RLD was offered only 24 seats and that too from Congress' quota of 103 seats. This didn't sit well with RLD, who has now decided to fight on its own.
Trilok Tyagi, the general secretary, confirmed "About 2 months back it was Ajit Singh who had requested all secular parties to join hands and form a grand alliance. However, we haven't heard anything for the past 3 days it seems the Samajwadi Party is under pressure from the BJP. Hence, we will be going it all alone in Uttar Pradesh."
As regards finalisation of candidates, Nanda said, "SP has finalised its candidates for the first and second phases (of the upcoming polls). Now, it is up to the Congress to decide on their nominees."
Nanda said the details of the seats would be announced by SP national president Akhilesh Yadav.
"After the alliance with the Congress, we will get an absolute majority in the state and Akhilesh will become chief minister again," Nanda asserted, adding that the SP will release its poll manifesto soon.