Lok Sabha Elections: There is a rift between RLD and SP too… This thing of SP irritates RLD the most
Shobhit Srivastava, Lucknow. RLD President Jayant Chaudhary is disillusioned with SP, he is now joining BJP. The main reason for RLD’s displeasure is being said to be SP’s arbitrariness. SP had announced to give seven seats to RLD but out of these it was giving its candidates on four seats. SP’s policy of ‘Our candidate is your symbol’ was what irritated RLD the most, because even in the 2022 assembly elections, SP had imposed its candidates on RLD.
SP RLD alliance
RLD alliance with SP was announced by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav on Internet Media X on January 19 itself. SP had given seven seats to RLD. These included Meerut, Kairana, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Mathura, Hathras. RLD was to get one more seat from Bijnor and Amroha.
SP Jayant’s connection
According to sources, SP had also handed over the list of its candidates to Jayant for four of these seats – Kairana, Bijnor, Muzaffarnagar and Meerut. SP wanted to field Iqra Hasan, daughter of former Kairana MP Munnavar Hasan and sister of three-time Shamli MLA Nahid Hasan.
Jayant is not ready in the name of Harendra
SP also wanted Ruchi Veera from Bijnor and former MP from Muzaffarnagar Harendra Malik to contest on the hand pump symbol. Even on Meerut seat, SP was giving its candidate to RLD. Jayant felt the worst that on January 19, when Akhilesh had called him to Lucknow to talk about alliance on the seats, on the same day he had also called former MP Harendra Malik. He was also informed about being given Muzaffarnagar seat. Jayant was not ready to take the name of Harendra on this seat.
Candidates were also imposed in the assembly elections
The SP President had asked another leader of his party to prepare as a candidate on the seat given to RLD. Even before this, there was a tussle between SP and RLD regarding the Mant assembly seat of Mathura in the 2022 assembly elections. RLD had made Yogesh Nauhwar its candidate from here but later Akhilesh Yadav gave ticket to his close friend Sanjay Lather from here. SP had put the RLD candidate under pressure. Jayant also found this thing unpleasant. Now the equations have changed after the already busy RLD President’s talks with BJP. Because of this, a six year old friendship is now going to break.
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