By Kunwar Ashok S Rajput,
Lucknow: In opposition,the Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal have almost finalised seat-sharing for the upcoming 2022 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.SP chief Akhilesh Yadav held a meeting with RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary on Tuesday evening in Lucknow, has agreed to give 36 seats to the RLD. However, on four to six seats, the candidates will be from Samajwadi Party but will contest on the RLD symbol.
There may not be a formal announcement of the alliance reason avoiding media’s Questions.The two leaders, after the meeting, tweeted their photographs, Akhilesh wrote, “Jayant Chaudhary ke saath, badlav ki ore, while the RLD chief responded with ‘saath saath chalenge’ and ‘badte kadam’.The two tweets conveyed amply that the seet arrangement deal had been sealed.Much significant is that the two leaders at the seat sharing meeting was held without any aides.
Compares with SP-RLD, due to dominance of Jat voters in the west region, RLD is much better positioned in one dozen district of Braj and West Uttar Pradesh. Duo leaders also held discussion about a common minimum programme even though the RLD has already released its manifesto last month. It was decided that while parties in alliance with the Samajwadi Party can release their own manifestos for the Assembly polls, a common minimum programme will be drafted when it comes to the government formation,RLD leader said. Akhilesh Yadav and Jayant Chaudhary are likely to hold a joint rally in western Uttar Pradesh, the date and time of which is yet to be finalised,RLD leader added.
After sealing the alliance with the Rashtriya Lok Dal, the Samajwadi Party on Wednesday meet with the AAP MP Sanjay Singh at the Lohia Trust office on Wednesday. Both the leaders did not divulge any details about their discussions, but AAP MP Sanjay Singh had submitted a list of 25 seats to Akhilesh. The AAP had earlier declared that it would contest all 403 Assembly seats and had even released its first list of candidates.
However, Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia chief Shivpal Yadav feels upset over ongoing poll alliance development read negligence and ignored by nephew Akhilesh Yadav. PSPL has given a one-week ultimatum to his nephew and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav to take a decision on an alliance or a merger. We are ready to merge with the SP. If this does not happen within a week, we will hold a conference in Lucknow and take a decision after consulting our people, Shivpal said.
Shivpal said that people used to call PSPL a small party, but after the ‘Samajik Parivartan Yatra’ rolled out from Mathura, people have come to know that we are a force too.He also met SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav in Lucknow on Monday night and is said to have discussed the issue with him. We want 100 seats for our supporters, but now we have backed down. We bowed down. It has been two years today saying this, but nothing has been finalised yet. Time is running out and a decision should be taken soon.The PSPL chief further said that he has always made sacrifices.
Previous, seat sharing arrangement had been seen in the 2017 UP Assembly poll and 2019 Lok Sabha when BSP, Samajwadi Party,Congress and RLD had contested jointly against BJP. It may be recalled,the Samajwadi Party has already got RLD, Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party and Mahaan Dal on board for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.