Ajit Singh to hold a backward convention to hog the limelight
Agra: Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh, whose talk with Samajwadi Party has not made much headway, has decided to hold a backward class convention in Soor Sadan here next Wednesday. Besides show of strength, it may be aimed at putting pressure on the latter to finalise the decision.
On the face of it, the move seems to wean away backward castes including Yadav, which has been the main vote–bank of SP. If successful, it will expand the party’s base in western parts of the state. The task is difficult if not impossible.
Whatever Ajit may claim, he has been losing ground in this part which is dominated by his Jat community. It may be one of the reasons why no one is ready to join hands with him in his own terms. He has not been chosen by any party for the Rajya Sabha seat which is said to have been his demand.
The convention and good turn-out at it may help him hog the limelight which he has been missing for quite a sometime. It may also give him a better bargaining power. The party has got nine members in the state Assembly, all elected from the Jat majority areas.