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Jayant Chaudhary

Jayant Chaudhary, the vice-president of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), was a member of Parliament from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh in the 15th Lok Sabha from 2009 to 2014. He is the son of RLD chief Ajit Singh and grandson of former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh. He graduated from the London School of Economics.
He again contested from Mathura in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections but lost his seat to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Hema Malini.
Jayant has been a vocal critic of the 1894 land acquisition law and the large-scale acquisition of fertile lands in Uttar Pradesh. He was at the forefront of a number of agitations to protest the unfair acquisition of land in the state and in particular the agitations in the Noida, Greater Noida, Mathura, Hathras, Agra and Aligarh districts. The agitations and the violence against protestors at Bhatta Parsaul, Bajna and Tappal led to a nationwide debate on the misuse of the provisions of the acquisition Act, and the indiscriminate use of force on protestors. On 26 August 2010, thousands of farmers came to protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, where Jayant Chaudhary called for the central government to intervene and move to pass a new land acquisition law in Parliament.
Jayant Chaudhary will contest from the Baghpat seat, which also sent his father and grandfather Chaudhary Charan Singh to the Lok Sabha several times. RLD chief and former Union Minister Chaudhary Ajit Singh will contest the ensuing Lok Sabha elections from Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. The father-son duo is likely to consolidate Jat-Muslim votes in the area, which were divided after the Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013.


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