Rashtriya Lok Dal president Ajit Singh on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of merger with the Congress. At the same time, he kept the option open for an alliance with that party in the 2012 Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.
“A preliminary round of talks has been held with the Congress,” the RLD president told journalists said here. He rejected the possibility of talks with the Samajwadi Party on an understanding with it for the elections.
The Bahujan Samaj Party government, Mr. Singh said, failed to deliver the goods and the government's law and order record was dismal, and the people needed an alternative.
But the Congress on its own was not in a position to provide one.
The RLD president predicted polarisation of votes in the Assembly elections.
Reiterating his party's support for reorganisation of States, Mr. Singh said a proposal for creation of Harit Pradesh should be brought in by the State government.