The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) will project party general secretary and Ajit Singh’s son Jayant Chaudhary as its face in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly poll campaign. Party president Ajit Singh made the announcement at a press meet Thursday after meeting RLD leaders from backward castes at the party’s state headquarters. Singh said that so far, he has not spoken to any party for a pre-poll alliance and that RLD was preparing to contest the election alone. He added that he would take part in half-a-dozen public meetings across the state next month.
Singh also said that the crisis within the ruling Samajwadi Party was a fight to inherit legacy. “Everyone knows that SP is not going to return to power,” Ajit said, adding that law and order had collapsed, and corruption was prevailing in the state.
Asked if Jayant is being projected as the party’s face to counter the young CM image of Akhilesh Yadav, RLD national executive member Anil Dubey disagreed. “Jayant is young and has worked with people at the grassroots. He is popular among the masses. That is the reason why we are projecting him as the party’s face for the election,” Dubey said.
Jayant had recently visited Lucknow and announced that he will take out a padyatra next month in areas that lack basic infrastructure. He had said development would be his poll agenda.
The RLD general secretary had won the Maant seat in Mathura in the 2012 Assembly elections, but vacated the seat later to retain his Lok Sabha membership. The RLD later lost the Maant seat in a by-election. The party had also drawn a blank in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.