RLD should merge with Samajwadi Party: Mulayam

Last Updated: Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 20:14

New Delhi: In a major setback to Ajit
Singh`s plans to form an alliance ahead of Assembly elections
in Uttar Pradesh, Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday said the Rashtriya
Lok Dal leader should merge his party with Samajwadi Party.

"We will contest the elections alone in UP...Ajit
Singh should forgive me for saying this but he is restricted
to only three districts (in UP)...he should merge his party
with SP," Yadav told reporters here.

Though not specifying the districts he was referring
to, Yadav agreed Singh had a good hold in these districts.

Ajit Singh commands a major hold over Jat votes in
Western UP.

"We have the same background. He will become a big
leader and will command respect," Yadav said.

Asked if Singh could be offered the post of the chief
minister, if SP wrests power from BSP, he said the issue would
be decided by the MLAs.

SP and RLD were alliance partners in UP government in
2003. But Ajit Singh broke the alliance and contested the last
Lok Sabha elections with BJP.

While SP has 88 MLAs, RLD has 10 MLAs in the
403-member state legislative Assembly.


First Published: Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 19:05

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