Amidst preparations for the upcoming Lok Sabha Election 2024, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) President Jayant Chaudhary has declared his decision to align with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Chaudhary asserted that after discussions with all his MLAs and amidst time constraints, the decision to join the NDA was made. His announcement signals a significant shift in political alliances, as Chaudhary emphasizes the unity of his MLAs and workers behind this decision.
Speculations regarding Chaudhary's alignment with the NDA intensified following the Modi government's announcement to posthumously confer Bharat Ratna upon his grandfather and former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh. Expressing gratitude towards the President and Prime Minister Modi for the honor bestowed upon his grandfather, Chaudhary clarified his intention to forge an alliance with the BJP. His decision poses a potential setback to the I.N.D.I.A alliance, particularly in Western UP, where Chaudhary holds considerable sway, particularly among the Jat vote bank.