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Last update: February 9, 2024, 19:28 IST
He also thanked the government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President for conferring the Bharat Ratna award on his late grandfather. (Image: X (Jayant Singh) and Charansingh.org)
RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary on Friday “all but confirmed” his alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Bharat Ratna for his grandfather, former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh. .
Asked about the ongoing speculations over the BJP-RLD alliance, Chaudhary said he “could not refuse the offer” and added that the Center won his heart after announcing Bharat Ratna for his grandfather.
Responding to reporters’ questions on RLD joining hands with the BJP-led NDA, Jayant Chaudhary said, “Koi kasar rehti hai? Aaj main kis muh se inkaar karoon aapke sawalon ko (Is there any doubt? How can I refuse today?),” he said.
“It’s a great day and an emotional moment for me. I want to thank the president, the government and Prime Minister Modi because this was part of his vision… Three awards have been given. The feelings of the people are related to this decision,” he added.
RLD joins BJP-led NDA
As per the seat sharing agreement, the RLD will contest two Lok Sabha seats: Baghpat and Bijnor. The development was confirmed after Prime Minister Modi announced Bharat Ratna for former prime ministers PV Narasimha Rao and Chaudhary Charan Singh as well as agricultural scientist MS Swaminathan.
According to sources, the party has also been promised a Rajya Sabha seat. Notably, this development will be a huge setback for the INDIA bloc ahead of the 2024 general elections.
Addressing a press conference on Friday, Jayant Chaudhary said Prime Minister Narendra Modi understands the pulse of the nation. He said, “Modi Ji’s vision did what no other party could do till now.”
In particular, the RLD has a strong base in Uttar Pradesh, especially in the Jat-dominated region. The BJP wants to spare no effort to maximize seats in Uttar Pradesh, especially in western UP.
Apart from the Jat issue, Chaudhary can also help the BJP in denying the impact of the farmers’ protests and the agitation of the fighters.
(With contributions from the agency)