One more party is set to leave INDIA Alliance. This time it is RLD in UP, as per reports, the RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary has reportedly stitched an alliance with the BJP in Uttar Pradesh for the 2024 Lok Sabha election.As per agreement, the RLD will contest two Lok Sabha seats, Baghpat and Bijnor, and has also been promised a Rajya Sabha seat.Jayant Chaudhary's RLD has pockets of influence in western Uttar Pradesh and the BJP will hope to gain in this region that is home to the influential Jat community.
In fact, in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, of the 16 seats that the BJP lost in Uttar Pradesh, seven were from west UP. It lost all six seats in the Moradabad division. The RLD and the Samajwadi Party have been allies in Uttar Pradesh since the 2019 Lok Sabha election. In the 2019 polls, the RLD lost all three seats it contested while the Samajwadi Party won five seats.In the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, Akhilesh Yadav's party won 111 seats out of the 347 it contested, while the RLD won nine of the 33 constituencies.