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'Had to make decision in short time': Jayant Chaudhary amid RLD-NDA alliance buzz

Lok Sabha election 2024: RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary said there was no big planning behind “this decision” which was taken after “speaking to all the MLAs and workers” of his party.

RLD MP Jayant Chaudhary at the Parliament during the Interim Budget Session, in New Delhi on Saturday. (Shrikant Singh)Premium
RLD MP Jayant Chaudhary at the Parliament during the Interim Budget Session, in New Delhi on Saturday. (Shrikant Singh)

Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Jayant Chaudhary reacted on Monday to the speculation about his party joining the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ahead of the Lok Sabha Election 2024. He didn't clearly say that he has joined the NDA, but said, "...I took this decision after speaking to all the MLAs and workers of my party.

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When asked when would he "officially" join the NDA, Jayant Chaudhary evaded the question and said, "We are celebrating today.." He was speaking at the sidelines of an event to mark the birth anniversary of his father Ajit Singh.

Speaking with the media on Monday, Jayant Chaudhary said, “… There was no big planning behind this decision, we had to take this decision within a short time because of the situation. We want to do something good for the people..."

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The RLD leader added that he is happy about Bharat Ratna being conferred to his grandfather Chaudhary Charan Singh. 

"We have good intentions for our people and country. When Bharat Ratna has been given we are very happy. It is not limited to our family or party. It is an honour for every farmer, youth, poor," Chaudhary said.

 

When asked if party MLAs were upset with the RLD joining the NDA, Chaudhary said, “If someone is reporting that, I don't think they have talked to the MLAs. I talked to MLAs and workers and made a decision after that…"

Though Chaudhary and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have made no formal announcement, both sides gave ample hints about the RLD switching from the INDIA bloc to the NDA since February 9, when Charan Singh was named for the highest civilian award.

"Dil Jeet Liya" (You have won our hearts)," Chaudhary had posted on X after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Bharat Ratna for Charan Singh.

(With inputs from agencies)

 

Singh also slammed critics for saying it was part of a deal to switch towards the NDA, saying such remarks belittle the former prime minister's legacy.

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Published: 12 Feb 2024, 07:55 PM IST
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