Varanasi: Barely months before the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), which is yet to form a pre-poll alliance in the state, has yet again raised the issue of creation of Purvanchal state to improve the party’s popularity graph.

Inaugurating a two-day party convention in Varanasi on Friday, RLD general secretary and Agra Parliamentarian Jayant Chaudhary was quick to raise the demand for Purvanchal. According to Chaudhary, the RLD has backed the concept of smaller states for overall development and progress.

Terming the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) as a failure on all fronts, he said, “Chief Minister Mayawati has been unable to control rampant corruption, crime and the law and order situation in the state.” He alleged the state government of giving undue importance to installation of statues rather than focusing on basic infrastructure.

In an effort to boost the morale of the party workers, the RLD is organizing ‘Kisan Panchayat’ in different parts of the state. Till date, panchayats have been organized in the 25 districts including 13 in Purvanchal.

RLD general secretary said, “If the RLD comes to power, it will be ensured that farmers do not commit suicide in the state and no one faces starvation.”

“Efforts would be made to get the Yamuna Expressway scrapped and no forceful acquisition would be allowed,” he added.