2014: Eyeing tie-up with Cong, RLD takes on Modi
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Hoping to tie up with the Congress for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Rashtriya Lok Dal is trying hard to erase memories of the 2009 elections when it had contested in alliance with the BJP and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was among those who campaigned for the party in western UP.
The party criticised Modi's "puppy remark", saying it was an attempt to disturb the harmony of the state by some sections. "What are these people who compare a community with a puppy doing? This shows that there is an attempt to create disharmony among people by making such demeaning remarks," said RLD president Munna Singh Chauhan.
Chauhan said the party will deliberate on its role in preventing this disharmony at the state executive committee's meeting in Vrindavan on July 30-31.
He said the meeting will be attended by RLD chief and Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh and Mathura MP Jayant Chaudhary.
In the parliamentary elections of 2009, the RLD had contested on seven seats in alliance with the BJP. It had won five of them.
Chauhan said the RLD will inform people that Modi's elevation in the BJP will not benefit his party in UP. "We have been telling people that Modi is a media hype, he will not have any impact on elections. We are telling them about 2009 when Rajnath Singh was president and Modi had campaigned in almost all the LS seats of UP, but could not make any difference in the fortunes of BJP. The same Rajnath and Modi are again at the centrestage."
RLD spokesperson Anil Dubey said the party lost those seats where Modi had campaigned for them in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.
In 2004, the party had contested 10 LS seats in alliance with the Samajwadi Party and could win only three seats.