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Bharatiya Lok Dal
Founded1974
Dissolved1977
Preceded byBharatiya Kranti Dal
Merged intoJanata Party
Succeeded byLokdal

Bharatiya Lok Dal (English: Indian Peoples' Party) was a political party in India. The BLD or simply BL was formed at the end of 1974 through the fusion of seven parties opposed to the rule of Indira Gandhi, including the Swatantra Party, the Utkal Congress, the Bharatiya Kranti Dal, and the Socialist Party. The leader of the BLD was Charan Singh.[1]

In 1977, the BLD combined with the Jan Sangh and the Indian National Congress (Organization) to form the Janata Party. The newly formed Janata Party contested the 1977 elections on the BLD symbol and formed independent India's first government not ruled by the Indian National Congress.

Subsequently, Ajit Singh (son of Charan Singh) founded the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). Now BLD is led by Chaudhary Sunil Singh of Aligarh[2]

Constituent Parties

References

  1. ^ Harsh Singh Lohit. Charan Singh, A Brief Life History. Charan Singh Archives. p. 32.
  2. ^ "Lok Dal jumps into poll fray as Chaudhary's heir". The Times of India.
  3. ^ "Charan Singh Archives". charansingh.org. Retrieved 26 May 2021.