RLD to try its own social engineering through ‘bhaichara’ rallies in west UP | India News – Times of India


LUCKNOW: After an aggressive Brahmin outreach by SP and BSP, it’s now the turn of the Jayant Chaudhary-led Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) to organise ‘bhaichara’ (brotherhood) programmes in communally sensitive west UP region from Tuesday.
It’s being seen as a desperate move by the Jat-dominated political outfit to seek a resurrection ahead of the high-stake UP assembly elections due next year. The proposed two-month long programme will be rolled out from Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar district which was hit by communal conflagration in 2013.
Confirming the development, Chaudhary told TOI that the objective of the programme is to amalgamate forward and backward caste groups, besides upholding the Hindu-Muslim unity which is indispensably needed at this point of time. The development comes a day after SP chief Akhilesh Yadav met Jayant at the latter’s house in Delhi, stoking speculations of the two leaders firming up for alliance to take on the mighty BJP in the 2022 state elections.
Terming it as a “Bhaichara Zindabad Programme”, Chaudhary maintained that the idea was to blur the caste and religious lines for perusal of “issue-based” politics which is critically desired in the present times. “We would be organising conventions to bring together different communities,” he said.
Experts interpreted it as a RLD’s frantic attempt to lay ground for political messaging that could potentially counter BJP’s deft electoral strategy, essentially in the west UP region comprising around 125 assembly seats.
“The role of civil society happens to be very important in quelling social tensions whenever they arise. They need to nip in the bud before any undesirable manifestations,” Chaudhary said.
He added that one cannot rule out the malicious designs of anti-social elements to trigger tensions between various caste and religious groups in the run up to the assembly elections. “People, therefore, need to be made aware and more cautious,” he said.
As a matter of fact, Jayant’s father and former RLD chief late Ajit Singh, too, had started ‘Bhaichara’ programmes just before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. His efforts, however, did not bore much results. While Ajit lost from Muzafarnagar, Jayant faced a defeat in Baghpat. This was after RLD’s comprehensive decimation at the hands of BJP in 2014 Lok Sabha elections with Ajit and Jayant losing from their stronghold seats of Baghpat and Mathura, respectively.
The electoral fortunes of RLD have been on a continuous downslide after 2002 when it contested on 38 seats and managed to win 14 securing 26.82% vote share on the seats it contested. The emergence of Mayawati-led BSP as a tenacious political force in 2007 assembly elections decisively dented RLD which could register a win on only 10 out of 254 seats it contested while securing 3.70% vote share.
The resurgence of Samajwadi Party in 2012 further hit RLD which had then allied with the Congress. It contested 46 seats and won only nine bagging a vote share of 2.33%.
RLD eventually got completely routed in 2017 assembly elections as a saffron wave swept through the state. The party could win just one out of 277 seats it contested. Its lone MLA, Sahender Singh Ramala from Chhaprauli assembly seat in Baghpat, too, switched over to BJP in 2018.





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