New Delhi: In an effort to finalize their equations with political parties in Uttar Pradesh prior to the Assembly elections 2012, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi has taken the mantle in his own hands to form a pre-poll alliance with Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).

After Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav’s bitter comment on a coalition with the RLD, the party is now banking on a pre-poll coalition with the Congress. 

In this context, the first round of meeting of Rahul Gandhi, Congress in-charge of UP Digvijay Singh and RLD supremo Ajit Singh was held on Thursday.

RLD chief expressed his views before the Congress bigwigs, who gave in principle nod to the pre-poll alliance. Therefore, if an alliance is formed between the Congress and the RLD, both the parties will further hold discussions on seat sharing in the state.
Sources did not rule out the possibilities of Ajit Singh being inducted into the Union Cabinet.

The Congress is in favour of electoral alliance with RLD in Western UP, which has 125 Assembly seats spread over 22 districts. A positive performance by the Congress-RLD alliance in the Assembly polls will help the Congress in regaining its lost political ground in the state.

Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma also had long deliberation with Ajit Singh in this regard. Talking to reporters, Digvijay Singh said the parleys regarding alliance is in the initial stage.

(JPN/Bureau)