Delhi: Civil aviation minister and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) president
Ajit Singh on Sunday denied reports of planning to ally with the Samajwadi
Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh.
"There is no truth in this news. Our alliance is with Congress and we
would continue that. Whatever we will do, we would do together. We have
mutual understanding (with Congress)," Singh said.
Singh's comment came in the wake of his son, Jayant Chaudhary, reportedly
hinting at a post-poll tie-up with the Samajwadi Party.
Exit polls suggested that the RLD may get 10 seats which will be of
crucial importance for SP's efforts to muster enough numbers from smaller
parties and independents to ward off the prospect of the state being put
under President's rule.
In 2007, RLD had contested in alliance with SP. While SP got 97 seats, RLD
The Uttar Pradesh polls are being viewed as an opportunity for major
political parties to re-establish their foothold in the country's fifth
largest and most populous state.
The first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh phases of
polling occurred on February 8, 11, 15, 19, 23, 28 respectively and March
The poll results will broadly indicate trends for the 2014 general
- with ANI inputs