Chaudhary Ajit Singh’s party Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) has made a spectacular comeback in Uttar Pradesh politics with success in the panchayat elections. The RLD was plunged into oblivion after the Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013, but is now looking to regain lost land after playing an active role in the farmers’ movement.
According to the declared results of the UP Panchayat elections so far, the RLD has won eight seats in the District Panchayat in Meerut, while the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have got six seats each. RLD has also performed well in Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Bulandshahr, Baghpat, Hapur and Bijnor.
The RLD got four seats in Muzaffarnagar, while the Azad Samaj Party (Bhim Army) got six seats. Here the BJP won 13 and the BSP won three seats. The RLD won 6 of the 19 seats in Shamli and four seats in Bulandshahr. Similarly, RLD has won ten seats in Aligarh, eight in Mathura and nine in Baghpat.
RLD general secretary Anil Dubey said that the results of panchayat elections have proved that now event management cannot help BJP win elections. Dubey said, we have also won a seat in Ayodhya, which shows that our presence is now beyond western UP. The role of party leaders in the farmers’ movement has revived the party and the next election (Vidhan Sabha) is going to be a game changer.
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