RLD's Jayant Chaudhary may join hands with BJP, offered 4 Lok Sabha seats in UP

This move could pose a setback to the opposition's INDIA bloc, especially with Chaudhary's pivotal role as an ally of the Samajwadi Party (SP) led by Akhilesh Yadav.

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In a significant political development, sources reveal that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has extended an offer to Rashtriya Lok Dal's (RLD) Jayant Chaudhary for four Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh as part of a potential alliance. The proposal signifies a potential shift in alliances for Chaudhary, who is reportedly in talks with the BJP leadership.

This move could pose a setback to the opposition's INDIA bloc, especially with Chaudhary's pivotal role as an ally of the Samajwadi Party (SP) led by Akhilesh Yadav. The BJP's offer comes at a crucial juncture, with just months remaining before the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

The four Lok Sabha seats offered to the RLD include Kairana, Baghpat, Mathura, and Amroha, indicating the BJP's strategic intent to bolster its electoral prospects in Uttar Pradesh. Chaudhary's meeting with a senior BJP leader in Delhi has fueled speculation about a potential alliance between the two parties.

Chaudhary's apparent distancing from the coalition is evident from his recent decision to postpone a rally in Uttar Pradesh's Chhaprauli, where a statue of his grandfather, Chaudhary Charan Singh, was scheduled to be unveiled. Although officially attributed to unsuitable ground conditions, insiders suggest that the delay is linked to the ongoing alliance discussions.

There are murmurs that Prime Minister Narendra Modi might attend the rally if an agreement between the BJP and RLD materializes, underscoring the significance of this potential alliance.

Chaudhary's absence from Parliament in recent days is interpreted as a sign of his inclination towards aligning with the ruling party. Moreover, tensions have arisen within the SP-RLD alliance regarding seat allocation, particularly in constituencies like Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, and Kairana, where disagreements over candidate selection have surfaced.

This political maneuvering occurs amidst ongoing seat-sharing negotiations between the Congress and SP for Uttar Pradesh's 80 Lok Sabha seats. With the SP already declaring candidates for 16 seats and proposing 11 for Congress, the dynamics of the electoral landscape are evolving rapidly.

In the previous 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress secured a solitary seat, while the SP, in alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party, clinched five. With the SP now eyeing a larger share of 65 seats, the unfolding alliances and realignments are poised to reshape the political landscape of Uttar Pradesh.