Lucknow: Since the grand -alliance move did not make headway due to change in stance by the main political party in the state, the Samajwadi Party, three smaller parties joined hands and formed an alliance. It may not win many seats in the next assembly election but may jeopardise chances of candidates of other parties who will face tougher contests and whose loss and victory will be decided by a narrow margin.
The alliance formed by three parties ---[Janta Dal ( U), Rashtriya Lok Dal and BS-4--- will go for AJGAR ( Ahir, Jat,Gujjar and Rajput ) formula which was a winning combination in the past. It was late Charan Singh who had adopted this formula and used it successfully. It is not surprising at all for Ajit Singh, president of Rashtrya Lok Dal , is his son.
The group, however, is unlikely to cause much damage to major political players, the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Bhartiya Janta Party. The Congress is , comparatively, a minor player.
Going by the last assembly election result, excepting the Ajit's Singh party, none has done well. He too could win only nine seats out of the total 403 seats in the state assembly. Of other two parties,. BS-4 had not contested the last election . It was founded by late Kanshi Ram which has been revived by his protege R K Chaudhary who has broken away fromt the BSP. The JD (U) is a force to reckon with in Bihar but no so in this state.
The grand alliance formed on Bihar line was a different proposition. But it could not take place primarily because the ruling SP was opposed to it and wanted these parties and some others to merge with the party. He and his brother, Shivpal Singh Yadav, had initially favoured the idea and discussed it with some opposition leaders during party's silver jubilee function but backtracked later.
It was for this reason that Ajit Singh was highly critical of Mulayam and some of his other colleagues. Mulayam had previously walked out of grand alliance in Bihar which had largely helped the tottering Congress party.
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