"Only Lucky Few": Jayant Chaudhary Mocks Akhilesh Yadav's Meerut Flip-Flop

“Solely Fortunate Few”: Jayant Chaudhary Mocks Akhilesh Yadav’s Meerut Flip-Flop

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RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary (File).

New Delhi:

Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Jayant Chaudhary has mocked former ally Akhilesh Yadav amid hypothesis his Samajwadi Party will change – a second time – its candidate for the Meerut Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh. The RLD boss posted a short submit on X (previously Twitter) ‘congratulating’ the “fortunate ones within the opposition (who) will get an opportunity, for a number of hours” to contest within the 2024 basic election.

“And people who didn’t get tickets, their destiny is…” he wrote.

Mr Chaudhary’s jab got here hours after discuss the SP might change its second-choice Meerut candidate Atul Pradhan with a third-choice – Sunita Verma. The get together final week named Bhanu Pratap Singh for the competition, however backed down after native leaders signaled unease with the selection of an ‘outsider’.

Akhilesh Yadav was personally concerned within the first course correction, sources have indicated, assembly with native leaders to know their considerations, and pulled the set off for second too.

The get together’s second alternative – Mr Pradhan – is the MLA from UP’s Sardhana Meeting section. Its third alternative – Mrs Verma – is a former Mayor and the spouse of two-time MLA Yogesh Verma; each had been expelled from Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Get together in 2019 and joined the SP two years later.

The second swap – fielding Mrs Verma – is as a result of she is a Dalit candidate and Meerut is dwelling to round 4 lakh Dalits. Mr Pradhan is from the Gujjar neighborhood, of whom there are lower than a lakh.

The Meerut seat has been a BJP stronghold for the previous 15 years; Rajendra Agarwal has held this seat for the saffron get together since 2009. Mr Agarwal, although, shouldn’t be in line for a fourth consecutive win as a result of the BJP has fielded Arun Govil, who performed Lord Ram within the common TV sequence Ramayana.

Mr Govil is a part of the BJP’s calculated push in western UP, the place the get together faltered in 2019.

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Bringing Mr Chaudhary on board is essential in that context, for the reason that RLD has sway amongst Jats and farmers in that area. The RLD and the BJP reached an settlement in February, a month after Mr Chaudhary and Akhilesh Yadav struck a deal. The change got here after the BJP awarded a posthumous Bharat Ratna to former Prime Minister Charan Singh, who was Mr Chuadhary’s grandfather.

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Within the 2019 election the BJP gained solely 19 of 27 Lok Sabha seats in western UP – down from 24 in 2014. The BJP has set itself a goal of 370+ seats by itself on this election.

To realize that purpose, the BJP might want to maximise returns from UP, a state that sends 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha and one which has been the get together’s unshakeable bastion in latest elections.

Two of these 80 seats will likely be contested by the RLD; Bijnor and Baghpat have been allotted to the get together, and Chandan Chauhan and Rajkumar Sangwan have been named its candidates. The latter is essential because it is seen as a stronghold of Mr Chaudhary’s household; it elected his father Ajit Singh seven occasions.

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The state will vote in all seven phases of the 2024 election, which begins April 19. Meerut will vote within the second part – on April 26. All outcomes will likely be declared on June 4.

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