New Delhi. In an important development ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Jayant Chaudhary has announced his decision to join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The step has been taken after discussions with all his MLAs, citing the need to take quick decisions due to the prevailing circumstances. Chaudhary said that the situation is such that it is necessary to form an alliance with the NDA.
Ahead of the decision, speculation had been rife about Chaudhary’s political alliance, especially after the announcement of his grandfather and former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh being honored with the Bharat Ratna by the Modi government. While initially associated with opposition alliances, especially the INDIA alliance, Chaudhary was dissatisfied with the seat-sharing formula proposed by the Samajwadi Party (SP). Chaudhary’s gratitude to the President and Prime Minister Modi for conferring the Bharat Ratna on his grandfather has fueled speculation about his future political alliance. When Choudhary was asked about the possibility of joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he avoided a direct answer while indicating a favorable inclination.
On joining NDA, RLD chief Jayant Choudhary says, “…I took this decision after talking to all the MLAs and workers of my party. There was no big planning behind this decision, we had to take this decision in a short time.” About the situation. We want to do something good for people…”
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His decision to join the NDA marks a significant change in political dynamics, particularly impacting the INDIA alliance, of which he was a key member. Chaudhary’s stronghold in western Uttar Pradesh, coupled with his influence among the Jat community, makes his alliance crucial for any political alliance. The impact of Chaudhary’s alliance with BJP on the INDIA alliance remains to be seen, which will shape the upcoming electoral scenario.