Gyanvapi debates, similar issues should have no place in modern India: RLD leader Jayant Chaudhary

Lucknow (PTI): Before filing his nomination for the biennial Rajya Sabha elections, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Jayant Chaudhary said on Sunday that debates such as those over the Gyanvapi Mosque should not be entertained in modern democratic India.

Chaudhary, who will file his nomination on Monday, remained silent on whether he was upset by the apparent delay of the Samajwadi Party (SP) in announcing his name for Rajya Sabha’s polls, even though his party sources said that he was initially “taken aback” by the coalition partner’s attitude.

Once elected to the Rajya Sabha, Chaudhary, co-candidate of the SP-RLD in the Rajya Sabha elections, will be his party’s “lone ranger” in the Upper House of Parliament.

“If you look closely, the law no longer allows these kinds of debates (like the ongoing issue of Gyanvapi). We must not have these debates in modern democratic India. Let’s not seek to create more disruption for the “future using our past as an excuse. We need to be forward-looking and tackle the real problems of the real India,” Chaudhary told PTI.

Asked about his nomination, the RLD leader said: “I will submit my application documents on Monday. Today there is an event in Delhi on the anniversary of the death of Chaudhary Charan Singh. We are organizing a ‘Samajik Nyaay’ lecture, and we are asking for a caste census and other issues. There will be representatives from various parties. “

Meanwhile, RLD sources said the party leader had been “baffled” by the SP’s delay in announcing his name as a candidate for the Rajya Sabha elections. “However, everything finally fell into place,” a source said.

On RLD’s role in and out of the Legislative Assembly, Chaudhary said, “We will play a very positive role in the UP Assembly. We will seek to develop our regions and constituencies. Among the opposition, we are the number 2 party, and that is a great responsibility. We will maintain strong unity among our opposition ranks.

In the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections held earlier this year, the BJP won 255 seats, while its allies Apna Dal (Sonelal) and NISHAD took 12 and 6 seats respectively.

The SP won 111 seats while its ally RLD won eight. The Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj party, another SP ally, won six seats. Congress won two seats, while BSP won one seat.

Asked how he views Uttar Pradesh’s 2022-23 budget, recently tabled in the Assembly, Chaudhary said: “People (in the BJP) are saying these same things until they are sick. If we let’s look at every budget speech, they’re very similar. The thing is, UP’s debt is going up, unemployment has skyrocketed as well.”

“He has not solved the problem of unemployment at all. The financial health of the UAPs in the state is very bad. The infrastructure is bad, as is the quality of the new roads. . We all know that a large part of the UP budget is spent on paying salaries,” Chaudhary said.

On the pending payment to sugarcane growers, he said an increase in the crop’s output led to the problem. “You (BJP government) have nothing to do with this. Private industries pay and farmers produce more. So they get more. You haven’t created any mechanism through which they can get timely payment” , did he declare.

According to the Election Commission of India, the deadline for submitting candidacies for the Rajya Sabha polls is May 31. They will be considered on June 1, while the deadline for withdrawing applications is June 3.

The ballot will take place on June 10 and the votes will be counted on the same day.

With 273 MPs in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, the ruling BJP-led NDA is expected to comfortably elect eight members to the Upper House of Parliament, while the SP and its allies RLD and SBSP with a membership of 125 lawmakers , will be able to ensure the victory of three candidates. Uttar Pradesh sends 31 members to the Rajya Sabha.

Of the state’s 11 incumbents, five are from the BJP, three from the SP, two from the BSP and one from the Congress. The five retired BJP Rajya Sabha MPs are Zafar Islam, Shiv Pratap Shukla, Sanjay Seth, Surendra Nagar and Jai Prakash Nishad.

Among the SP leaders ending their terms are former Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council Speaker Sukhram Singh Yadav, whose son Mohit joined the BJP.

Besides Yadav, the terms of Reoti Raman Singh and Vishambhar Prasad Nishad will also end in July.

The BSP MPs whose terms are coming to an end are Satish Chandra Misra and Ashok Siddharth. Former Congress President Kapil Sibal’s term also ends in July.

With 403 members elected to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, a candidate will need at least 34 votes to claim victory.

The result of the National Assembly elections held in February-March this time changed the equation.

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