Lucknow, Mar 5 : The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) will on Tuesday officially join the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party (SP-BSP) mahagathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha election.
The formal announcement of the seat-sharing formula will be made at a press conference held by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and RLD's Jayant Chaudhary. The media address is expected to take place late afternoon. RLD national general secretary Anil Dubey said here on Tuesday that party's vice- president Choudhury would reach Lucknow at 1.30 pm and thereafter make a formal announcement at the SP office.
RLD is expected to contest three seats - Bagpat, Muzaffarnagar and Mathura. While two seats have been left out by the SP-BSP alliance, the third has been given by the SP from its quota of 38 seats.
On February 21, Akhilesh along with BSP supremo Mayawati, had announced the allocation of seats to each partner with the SP contesting 37 seats and BSP-- 38 out of 80 seats in UP.
Two seats- Amethi and Rae Bareli- were left for the Congress. Two seats were initially allocated to the RLD but then the SP gave one more seat from its quota to Ajit Singh's party.UNI