Congress-RLD combine fails to impress voters

Updated - November 16, 2021 11:28 pm IST

Published - March 07, 2012 04:01 am IST - NEW DELHI

The ambitious alliance between the Congress and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in Uttar Pradesh failed to bring any cheer to both the parties. While the Congress might have slightly improved its poll percentage this time around in western Uttar Pradesh, Ajit Singh party's tally of 9 is one short of what it won in 2007.

The Congress entered into alliance with the RLD hoping the strong Muslim-Jat vote-bank in the sugarcane belt would help the combine to garner majority of votes in western U.P.

The RLD contested 45 out of 90 seats in 13 districts — Saharanpur, Prabuddha Nagar (Shamli), Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Panchsheel Nagar (Hapur), Gautam Budh Nagar (Noida) , Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Mahamayanagar (Hathras), Mathura and Agra. But the results show that the fight in the region was mainly between the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, while the BJP did win some seats in urban areas.

While Mr. Ajit Singh's one-time close associate Anuradha Chaudhary, who joined Mulayam Singh just before the elections, might have helped the SP to improve its position in the western part , the entry of senior SP leader Rashid Masood into the Congress did not help the party.

Though the father-son duo of Ajit Singh, who represents Baghpat in Lok Sabha, and Jayant Chaudhary, MP from Mathura, campaigned hard with Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, they failed to secure votes in seats falling under their parliamentary constituencies. Interestingly, the party even lost Baghpat to BSP, though Mr. Chaudhary won from Math.

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