Lucknow, Jan 20: After Samajwadi Party’s national Vice President Kironmoy Nanda on Thursday made it clear that the party will not be in an alliance with Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, Uttar Pradesh RLD leader Masood Ahmad on Friday announced that his party will be contesting all the 403 assembly seats in alliance with Janta Dal United (JD-U) and other smaller parties. Taking a jibe at Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, Masood Ahmad alleged Mulayam Singh to be an agent of BJP.
In an interview to Dainik Bhaskar, Masood Ahmad alleged that Samajwadi Party is trying to benefit BJP in the upcoming election and Mulayam Singh Yadav is working as an agent of BJP. He also stated that Samajwadi Party will face consequences in western UP in the assembly elections.
Talking on the seat sharing issue, Masood Ahmad stated that “the party demanded 40 seats from Congress and Samajwadi Party, the party further agreed to contest on 35 seats. However, they (Congress and Samajwadi Party) were only granting 20 seats. This is insulting for our party, they know our strength.”
Meanwhile, Congress on Friday indicated RLD joining the alliance and the chief spokesperson of Congress said that “it is premature” for him to speak on the RLD alliance issue.
RLD has now decided to contest all the 403 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh in alliance with JD-U and 10 smaller parties. “We will contest all the 403 seats in alliance with JD(U) and 10 smaller parties,” stated the RLD state chief after a meeting with the alliance parties.