Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav, RLD’s Jayant Chaudhary Meet

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Akhilesh Yadav met Rashtriya Lok Dal’s Jayant Chaudhary at the Samajwadi Party’s headquarters (File)

Lucknow: 

Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Jayant Chaudhary met Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow on Tuesday. However, both sides declined to share details of the discussions.

Mr Chaudhury reached the SP headquarters and met Akhilesh Yadav, where the two spoke for over an hour, a senior SP leader said.

“We discussed about present politics and future course of action and also about BJP”s failures,” Mr Chaudhary later told PTI over the phone.

“General milna, political charcha karna ye to hota rahna chahiye (routine meetings and political discussions should go on),” he said.

When asked if there were any positive outcomes from the meeting, Mr Chaudhary said, “Certainly things are positive. We (Jayant and Akhilesh) have known each other for a long time.”

On reports suggesting that Akhilesh Yadav might be quizzed by the CBI in the mining scam, Mr Chaudhary extended his support to Mr Yadav and said, “Institutions are being abused (by the BJP government) and everyone is watching. I told Akhilesh, our party is with him.”

On the number of seats his party would get in the proposed SP-BSP alliance, he said, “The media is curious about it. Everything will be clear.”

He avoided questions on the possibility of inclusion of the Congress in the alliance for the Lok Sabha polls.

Though there was no official word so far from the Samajwadi Party and the BSP, the sources claimed the two Uttar Pradesh-based political outfits will contest 37 Lok Sabha seats each.

Uttar Pradesh has 80 Lok Sabha seats, the highest for any state.

The sources said the remaining six seats would be left for the Congress, Rashtriya Lok Dal and other smaller parties.

On reservation of 10 per cent to economically backward sections in general category, Mr Chaudhary said, “The BJP did not follow any of its announcements or promises.”



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