The decision of Mathura MP Jayant Chaudhary, the son of Rashtriya Lok Dal supremo (RLD) Ajit Singh, to contest from Mant assembly seat has grabbed the headlines in the political corridor of western Uttar Pradesh. During the joint poll rally of RLD-Congress, Jayant is being projected as a chief ministerial candidate. The RLD workers hope that if the alliance is voted to power in the state, Jayant could become either Chief Minister or the deputy Chief Minister of the state.  But the opposition parties have termed such talks as a tactics to woo voters in the party fold. Jayant spoke to Dainik Jagran over a number of issues. The excerpts:

Q: What do you make of the increased voter turnout?

A: It hints at the wave of change. The people are not only craving for change of the regime but they also want to see a change in the system. The poll results will be startling. The people want to get rid of both the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party. As far as the Bharatiya Janata Party is concerned, it is out of race in this election.

Q: It seems that 2012 assembly elections will give a fractured mandate?

A: The Congress-RLD alliance is heading towards an absolute majority. On March 6, the things will become clear.

Q: There is political bickering within the alliance on Kath assembly seat?

A: No internal strife. Talks are going on in positive direction. Hopefully, the issue will be resolved soon.

Q: This time the RLD has broken alliance with the SP and joined hands with the Congress. Has the change of alliance not put a question mark on the credibility of the RLD?

A: It is media which is blowing such talks. The RLD supporters are fully aware of the fact that Ajit Singh has struck an alliance with the Congress only with a view to protect the interests of farmers and the prosperity of all sections of the society. Our leadership will not overlook the interests of the people.

Q: But your stand over the Harit Pradesh and Jat Reservation is not clear?

A: Absolutely clear. The Congress poll manifesto clearly talks about setting up of a State Reorganisation Commission. Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh is publicly giving assurances to allot quota for Jats.

Q: The state government has already sent the proposal for bifurcation of UP to the Centre. Will the RLD mount pressure on the Union Government to pass the Bill in the Parliament?

A: The proposal of BSP bears no merits. All the prominent stakeholders in the state have refused to accept it. The regime is going to change in the state.

Q: Despite being an MP, you are contesting for assembly polls. What’s the reason behind this? Does the talk bear any significance about your stake for the post of the state Chief Minister?

A: I am out of race for the CM post. The newly elected MLAs elect the leader of the legislative party. The workers are free to express their desire. But it is premature to comment on this.

Q: What’s the reason behind denying tickets to several sitting RLD MLAs?

A: Our party workers are our main strength. The new workers are given priority in ticket distribution in our party. It is not so that every time the sitting MLAs are denied ticket. Former minister Kokab Hamid has been contesting elections since long time.

Q: How longer the alliance between Congress and RLD will continue in the state?

A: Both the parties have similar views on important issues including the bringing change in the system. Obviously it is going to continue for a long time.

JNN