Lucknow: Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Jayant Choudhury arrived in Lucknow to meet Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and finalise the contours of seat sharing agreement for Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
While the SP-BSP alliance has given two seats to the RLD, but latter was demanding at least five seats of western UP.
As the new 'Mahagathbandan' was desperate to have RLD in the alliance due to its proximity with the Jat voters in western UP, hence, it has been reported that SP could give some seats from its own quota of 38 to accommodate the former.
But on the other hand, Congress too was confident that RLD would join them in the UP polls. The lone MLA of the RLD in Rajasthan is minister in the state government after contesting the Assembly polls in alliance with Congress.
Speculation is rife that RLD candidates could contest the elections on SP symbol or vice-versa as done in the Kairana bypolls when a SP leader contested on RLD symbol.(UNI)