Rashtriya Lok Dal
Rashtriya Lok Dal (abbreviated as RLD) (translation: National People's Party) is a political party in India. Chaudhary Ajit Singh is a founder and the president of the party. He is carrying on the political legacy of his father and former Prime Minister of India, Charan Singh and the original Lok Dal.
|Preceded by||Lok Dal|
|ECI Status||State Party|
|Seats in Lok Sabha||
0 / 545
|Seats in Rajya Sabha||
0 / 245
In 2002, party had two cabinet ministers in chief minister Ms. Mayawati's cabinet. From 2003 to 2007, the party had six ministers in the Uttar Pradesh government. The party's official electoral symbol is a hand pump.
On 12 December 2011, RLD joined the United Progressive Alliance led by Indian National Congress. The party contested on eight constituencies in Uttar Pradesh in Indian general election, 2014 as per an arrangement with UPA but lost on all of them. Party chief Ajit Singh who was six term holder from Baghpat seat, lost to BJP candidate Satya Pal Singh. His son Jayant Chaudhary, the incumbent MP from Mathura, lost to BJP candidate Hema Malini too.
In Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election, 2017, it could win zero seat and may lose its state party status.
Party's MLA's in 17th Vidhan Sabha (Uttar Pradesh) are:
- BKKP, RLD merge with Lok Dal
- Seth, Maulshree (May 28, 2014). "Post rout, RLD mulls solo fight in Assembly bypolls". Lucknow: The Indian Express. Retrieved May 31, 2014.
- "Besides the Chief Minister, Ms. Mayawati, Rashtriya Lok Dal, the largest partner of the BJP during the last elections, had two Ministers — both of Cabinet rank".
- Political Parties and Election Symbols
- RLD leaders upset over poll pact
- "Cong to leave 8 seats for RLD, 3 for Mahan Dal in western UP". Indian Express. March 9, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/lok-sabha-elections-2014/news/Election-Results-2014-Ajit-Singhs-RLD-bites-the-dust-in-UP/articleshow/35200845.cms. Missing or empty
- "RLD springs a surprise: Dumps ally Congress to support BSP".
- "Miffed with Cong, RLD to back BSP in MLC polls".
- "Unlikely allies in Council polls: RLD, BSP".