Lok Sabha polls: Rashtriya Lok Dal demands six seats in Uttar Pradesh alliance; seat-sharing decision expected on 15 January

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) failed to win a single seat and polled only 0.86 percent votes.

Press Trust of India January 09, 2019 16:43:04 IST
Lok Sabha polls: Rashtriya Lok Dal demands six seats in Uttar Pradesh alliance; seat-sharing decision expected on 15 January
  • RLD vice-president Jayant Chaudhary and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav met in Lucknow on Tuesday

  • The seats demanded by the RLD are Baghpat, Mathura, Muzaffarnagar, Hathras, Amroha and Kairana

  • Currently Kairana is represented by RLD's Tabassum Hasan, who won the seat with the support of SP and BSP

Lucknow: The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), a part of an Opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh, has demanded to field candidates in six seats, a senior party leader said Wednesday.

RLD vice-president Jayant Chaudhary and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav met in Lucknow on Tuesday.

Lok Sabha polls Rashtriya Lok Dal demands six seats in Uttar Pradesh alliance seatsharing decision expected on 15 January

File image of RLD vice-president Jayant Chaudhury. News18

"The RLD is a part of the mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) and the party leadership has demanded six seats," RLD's state chief Masood Ahmed told PTI.

The Lok Sabha seats demanded by the RLD are Baghpat, Mathura, Muzaffarnagar, Hathras, Amroha and Kairana.

Currently Kairana is represented by RLD's Tabassum Hasan, who won a by-election from the seat with support from the Samajwadi Party and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

"Any decision on seat sharing will be taken after Jayant Chaudhary meets Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati," Ahmed said.

"Possibly on 15 January, BSP chief Mayawati may speak to leaders of the mahagathbandhan in this regard. RLD vice-president Jayant Chaudhary will come to Lucknow on 12 January," he said.

Uttar Pradesh has 80 Lok Sabha seats, the highest in the country.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the RLD failed to win a single seat and polled only 0.86 percent votes. In the 2017 state elections, the RLD won only one seat out of the 277 it contested, and got 2.59 percent votes.

Uttar Pradesh Assembly has 403 members.

On Tuesday, Jayant Chaudhary met Akhilesh at the Samajwadi Party headquarters in Lucknow and the two spoke for over an hour. "We discussed present politics and future course of action and also about BJP's failures," Chaudhary had said, without elaborating.

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