Rashtriya Lok Dal

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Rashtriya Lok Dal
Leader Ajit Singh
Lok Sabha leader Begum Tabassum Hasan
Founder Ajit Singh
Founded 1996
Preceded by Lok Dal
Headquarters Baghpat
Ideology Secular
ECI Status State Party
Alliance United Progressive Alliance
Seats in Lok Sabha
1 / 545
[1](currently 540 members + 1 Speaker)
Seats in Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly
0 / 403
Election symbol
Indian Election Symbol Hand Pump.png

Rashtriya Lok Dal (abbreviated as RLD) (translation: National People's Party) is a political party in India. Chaudhary Ajit Singh is the founder and the president of the party. He is carrying on the political legacy of his father and former Prime Minister of India, Charan Singh and the original Lok Dal.[2]

Election performance

RLD is considered influential in the western region of Uttar Pradesh.[3]

In 2002, party had two cabinet ministers in chief minister Ms. Mayawati's cabinet.[4] From 2003 to 2007, the party had six ministers in the Uttar Pradesh government.[citation needed] The party's official electoral symbol is a hand pump.[5]

In 2004 Lok Sabha elections, RLD contested in alliance with the Samajwadi Party. RLD contested only in the western part of Uttar Pradesh traditionally dominated by Jats. RLD won three seats.[6]

In 2009 Lok Sabha elections, RLD contested on seven seats on western Uttar Pradesh, in an alliance with the Bhartiya Janta Party, and won five seats.[3]

On 12 December 2011, RLD joined the United Progressive Alliance led by Indian National Congress. The party contested on eight constituencies in Uttar Pradesh in Indian general election, 2014 as per an arrangement with UPA[7] but lost on all of them. Party chief Ajit Singh who was six term holder from Baghpat seat, lost to BJP candidate Satya Pal Singh. His son Jayant Chaudhary, the incumbent MP from Mathura, lost to BJP candidate Hema Malini too.[3][8]

In January 2015 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council elections, RLD supported Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidates.[9][10][11]

In Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election, 2017, it could win only one seat. Later, it's lone MLA is expelled from the party.

MPs (Lok Sabha)

Party's MP in Lok Sabha:

See also


  1. ^ "Members: Lok Sabha". loksabha.nic.in. Lok Sabha Secretariat. Retrieved 31 May 2018. 
  2. ^ BKKP, RLD merge with Lok Dal
  3. ^ a b c Seth, Maulshree (May 28, 2014). "Post rout, RLD mulls solo fight in Assembly bypolls". Lucknow: The Indian Express. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Besides the Chief Minister, Ms. Mayawati, Rashtriya Lok Dal, the largest partner of the BJP during the last elections, had two Ministers — both of Cabinet rank". 
  5. ^ Political Parties and Election Symbols
  6. ^ RLD leaders upset over poll pact
  7. ^ "Cong to leave 8 seats for RLD, 3 for Mahan Dal in western UP". Indian Express. March 9, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/lok-sabha-elections-2014/news/Election-Results-2014-Ajit-Singhs-RLD-bites-the-dust-in-UP/articleshow/35200845.cms.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "RLD springs a surprise: Dumps ally Congress to support BSP". 
  10. ^ "Miffed with Cong, RLD to back BSP in MLC polls". 
  11. ^ "Unlikely allies in Council polls: RLD, BSP". 

External links

  • Official website
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