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Rashtriya Lok Dal (abbreviated as RLD) (translation: National People's Party) is a political party in India. Chaudhary Ajit Singh is the 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.[2]

Rashtriya Lok Dal
LeaderAjit Singh
Lok Sabha leaderBegum Tabassum Hasan
FounderAjit Singh
Preceded byLok Dal
ECI StatusState Party
AllianceUnited Progressive Alliance
Seats in Lok Sabha
1 / 545
[1](currently 528 members + 1 Speaker)
Seats in Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly
0 / 403
Seats in Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
1 / 200
Election symbol
Indian Election Symbol Hand Pump.png


Election performanceEdit

RLD is considered influential in the western region of Uttar Pradesh.[3]

In 2002, party had two cabinet ministers in chief minister Ms. Mayawati's cabinet.[4] From 2003 to 2007, the party had six ministers in the Uttar Pradesh government.[citation needed] The party's official electoral symbol is a hand pump.[5]

In 2004 Lok Sabha elections, RLD contested in alliance with the Samajwadi Party. RLD contested only in the western part of Uttar Pradesh, where they won three seats.[6]

In 2009 Lok Sabha elections, RLD contested on seven seats on western Uttar Pradesh, in an alliance with the Bhartiya Janta Party, and won five seats.[3]

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[7] 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.[3][8]

In January 2015 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council elections, RLD supported Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidates.[9][10][11]

In Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election, 2017, it could win only one seat. Later, it's lone MLA is expelled from the party.

In Rajasthan Legislative Assembly Election, 2018 the RLD won one seat from Bharatpur Legislative Assembly Constituency. The Party candidate Dr.Subhash Garg won by beating BJP candidate by a margine of over 15500 votes.

MPs (Lok Sabha)Edit

Party's MP in Lok Sabha:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Members: Lok Sabha". Lok Sabha Secretariat. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  2. ^ BKKP, RLD merge with Lok Dal
  3. ^ a b c Seth, Maulshree (May 28, 2014). "Post rout, RLD mulls solo fight in Assembly bypolls". Lucknow: The Indian Express. Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  4. ^ "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".
  5. ^ Political Parties and Election Symbols
  6. ^ RLD leaders upset over poll pact
  7. ^ "Cong to leave 8 seats for RLD, 3 for Mahan Dal in western UP". Indian Express. March 9, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
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  9. ^ "RLD springs a surprise: Dumps ally Congress to support BSP".
  10. ^ "Miffed with Cong, RLD to back BSP in MLC polls".
  11. ^ "Unlikely allies in Council polls: RLD, BSP".

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