Rashtriya Lok Dal (abbreviated as RLD) (translation: National People's Party) is a political party in India. Chaudhary Ajit Singh is a founder and the president of the party. He is carrying on the political legacy of his father and former Prime Minister of India, Charan Singh and the original Lok Dal.Rashtriya Lok Dal party enjoys a heavy influence in the regions lying in the western parts of Uttar Pradesh and has played an important role in the building of the UP government. From the years of 2002 to 2007, this party comprises of six influential ministers inducted in the government of Uttar Pradesh and its powerful legislators retained pertinent portfolios. This party is entirely committed to guard the rights of farmers, poor and landless. The electoral sign of this party is hand pump.
On 12 December 2011, RLD joined the United Progressive Alliance led by Indian National Congress. The party contested on eight constituencies in Uttar Pradesh in Indian general election, 2014 as per an arrangement with UPA but lost on all of them. Party chief Ajit Singh who was six term holder from Baghpat seat, lost to BJP candidate Satya Pal Singh. His son Jayant Chaudhary, the incumbent MP from Mathura, lost to BJP candidate Hema Malini too.
In December 1989, Ch. Ajit Singh became the Union Cabinet Minister for Industry in the National Front Government of Late Shri VP Singh (from December, 1989 to November, 1990). He was re-elected in 1991 as Member of Parliament from Janata Dal. He was appointed Cabinet Minister of Food in February, 1995 in the Congress Government and held the post till May, 1996.In the year of 2009 Lok Sabha elections, Rashtriya Lok Dal party formed an alliance with the popular party, Samajwadi party. This party polled 2,463,607 votes and could win only three seats. Under the influence of Samajwadi party, this party could contest seats only in the regions lying in the western part of UP state, which is mainly dominated by the community of Jats.
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New Delhi-110001 India.
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