Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Jayant Chaudhary has categorically ruled out an alliance with the Congress ahead of the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. He said talks are on for an electoral alliance with the Samajwadi Party (SP). Meanwhile, commenting on the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, he appealed to the people to snatch power from the culprits through their votes and termed it as the “best possible revenge for the atrocities on farmers”.
“The minister who should be punished by the government was called by Home Minister Amit Shah to pat his back in Delhi,” he said. Chaudhary also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is silent on the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. The Prime Minister may tweet on the birthday of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, but does not say anything on the killing of soldiers in an encounter with terrorists in Kashmir or the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. He had gone to Lucknow, but did not say anything about Lakhimpur.
The RLD chief further said that the BJP was indulging in ‘caste politics’. Referring to the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to set up a state university in the name of Jat Raja Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh, Choudhary said, “Did he ever visit Prem Mahavidyalaya in Mathura, which is in a dilapidated state?” He said, ‘The ruler left his residence in Mathura in 1909, so that Prem Mahavidyalaya, known as the first polytechnic of the country, could be put on the ground.