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RLD UP chief quits party post

Rashtriya Lok Dal [RLD] led by Union Civil Aviation minister Ajit Singh suffered a major set back when its party's Uttar Pradesh unit president Baba Hardev Singh resigned from his post opposing the FDI in retail and hike in the price of diesel. In his three line resignation he requested Ajit Singh to divest him of party post. The act of the RLD top leader could be a major embarrassment for the party as this is partner in the UPA-II government and Singh is holding one of the important portfolio.

There are reports that resignation of Singh, an ex- bureaucrat and former UP PCS Association president, has triggered instability in the party as around 5 senior state officials of the RLD have also tendered their resignations. This can not be confirmed but there were difference of opinion over party's stand over price hike and introduction of FDI in retail sector.

Baba Hardev Singh talking to  here said that he has resigned from the party president post due to ideological differences. Though the leader did not mention clearly about the FDI or diesel price, but clarified that his resignation was in wake of the recent national issue which could lead to major difficulties for the farmers and poor. ‘Choudhury Ajit Singh had also persuaded me to not to take such step but I was forced as I am unable to compromise on the ideological issues,’ he clarified. ‘Under this circumstances I will not be able to perform my duties as president of RLD, hence I put down the papers,’ Singh further said.
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