New Delhi: Amidst the ongoing political drama in Uttar Pradesh, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) is busy exploring possibilities to form a pre-poll alliance. With nothing much materializing in the negotiations with the Congress, the RLD chief Chaudhary Ajit Singh is likely to show an inclination towards old friend and Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

After several rounds of parleys, the RLD and the Congress have failed to arrive on a consensus on the issue of pre-poll alliance. Even though the possibility of an alliance has yet not been ruled out with the Congress, the delay has added to the possibility of the RLD extending a hand of friendship to the SP.

Sources familiar with the RLD said the deliberations with the Congress started more than a month back, but there has been no further development. In the wake of a probable Congress-RLD pre-poll alliance, speculations were rife about Ajit Singh being inducted in the Union Cabinet.  

With crime cases on the rise in the state and the anti-incumbency factor likely to go against the Bahujan Samaj Party, the RLD feels that it has a better chance of strengthening its position through a pre-poll alliance.

If sources are to be believed both Ajit and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav are in favour of a pre-poll alliance.