That RLD trailed by around 15,000 votes in Chhaprauli, points towards the fact that the region, which was once considered an impregnable fort of Charan Singh, is no longer invincible and it’s indeed a wake-up call for the party.

Though RLD chief Ajit Singh lost from Baghpat in 1998, he never defeated in Chhaprauli but this time, the results have been other way around.

The impact of Modi wave has been so profound this time that RLD has been left completely clueless. The party, which is slogging hard to make its presence felt also, faces the challenge to counter the recently evolved political equations from a new perspective.

The Muslim-Jat-Gujjar-Rajput equation, which took shape during Charan Singh’s era, has completely fallen flat. Besides, the communal violence which shook Western Uttar Pradesh last year further made the situation more complex and came off as a blow to the political roots of the party.

The Muslim community is also upset with the party’s attitude. The party had to pay for its decision to contest the 2009 polls in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2012 Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls when it got only nine seats.

RLD pays heavy price for switching alliance

In a political career spanning over two and half decades, Ajit Singh has taken the ride with almost every major political organization barring Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

He contested the 1996 Lok Sabha elections on Congress ticket. He then defected to BJP in 2002 but joined Mulayam Singh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government in 2003-04 and contested the Lok Sabha polls along with it.

In 2009, the RLD won five LS seats after entering into an understanding with the BJP but again joined Manmohan Singh-led government and became the Union Civil Aviation Minister.

According to a former minister, due to such frequent switching of alliance, the followers of Chaudhary Charan Singh could not come on a proper platform.

Jat reservation card fails to yield dividend for RLD

The RLD did take a decision to bring in reservation for people of Jat community in the Central government jobs but it could never materialize on ground level.  

Except Mathura and Baghpat, the party candidates lost their deposits in the rest of the constituencies. Well known names like Amar Singh and Jaya Prada were also outrightly rejected by the electorate.

Apart from that, the party also suffered for making half-hearted efforts towards launching movement for ‘Harit Pradesh’ and smaller states.

Terming the loss of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait’s total tally of less than 10,000 votes as shameful, a farmer leader is of the opinion that Ajit Singh needs to start things from the scratch in order to uphold the legacy of Chaudhary Charan Singh.

JPN/Bureau

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