Current strength in Lok Sabha: 5
Leadership: Ajit Singh, president
The RLD is of interest because of its popularity among the Jats of western Uttar Pradesh.
The party has been pushing for the creation of a state from western UP, which it says would be called Harit Pradesh.
Most likely to: Be with whoever offers more ministries
RJD, LJP, JMM
Age: 16 (RJD), 13 (LJP), JMM – not known although Shibu Soren's Lok Sabha CV says he was JMM general secretary in 1971, which makes it at least 42
Current strength in Lok Sabha: 3 (RJD), 0 (LJP), 2 (JMM)
Leadership: Lalu Prasad, president RJD; Ram Vilas Paswan, president LJP; Shibu Soren, president JMM
The RJD is the most interesting here because the JD(U) could get close to UPA3.
This would force Lalu's hand as his party fights the JD(U) in Bihar.
The JMM is of interest because of its past.
It led the movement to create Jharkhand and it supported the Narasimha Rao government in a deal that embarrassed both parties later.
The LJP has weakened considerably over the past five years.
Most likely to: Be with Third Front or UPA3 (RJD); go with the winner (LJP & JMM)
INLD (Indian National Lok Dal)
Current strength in Lok Sabha: 0
Leadership: Om Prakash Chautala, president
The INLD is of interest because it is the only Haryana party with reasonable presence. The others are national outfits.
Chautala is in prison over a scam in recruitment of teachers and the INLD has weakened over the past five years.
Most likely to: Stay with NDAImage: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad gestures as he arrives at Parliament House in New Delhi on June 8, 2009.