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RLD to contest Kairana bypoll, extends support to SP candidate in Noorpur

09:34 AM May 29, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

 Lucknow : The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) on Sunday announced that it would contest the May 28 Kairana Lok Sabha bypoll and hoped to get the “full support” of other like-minded, non-BJP parties.

The Ajit Singh-led party also said it would extend support to the Samajwadi Party (SP) in the Noorpur Assembly bypoll. “We have decided to field Tabassum Beghum from Kairana parliamentary constituency,” Uttar Pradesh RLD chief Masood Ahmad told PTI.

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“We expect the full support of other like-minded, non-BJP parties, especially the SP and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), besides the Congress. Tabassum Beghum has joined the party today and hopefully, she will emerge as the joint opposition candidate,” he added.

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Tabassum Beghum, a former BSP MP from Kairana, had later joined the SP. She joined the RLD in New Delhi on Sunday in the presence of party chief Ajit Singh and other senior leaders.

Exuding confidence that the RLD will win the crucial Kairana bypoll, Ahmad said, “The process of forming a coalition (against the BJP) has started and soon, a mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) will be formed.”

He added that the RLD would support the SP candidate in the Noorpur Assembly bypoll.

The Kairana bypoll was necessitated following the death of its sitting BJP MP, Hukum Singh, in February.

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