New Delhi: Putting an end to the speculations, Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah on Friday announced that the BJP and the Apna Dal will fight the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh together. Apna Dal, a crucial BJP ally in Uttar Pradesh has decided that contest on two seats in the state in alliance with the ruling party.
The decision was reportedly taken after BJP chief Amit Shah and Union minister JP Nadda met Apna Dal leader and Union minister Anupriya Patel. “With the resolve of the Modi government once again (Phir Ek Baar Modi Sarkar), the BJP and the Apna Dal will fight the Lok Sabha elections in UP together,” BJP chief Amit Shah announced the alliance on Twitter.
While Anupriya Patel will contest from Mirzapur, the decision on second seat is yet to be taken. In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Apna Dal, had won two seats — Mirzapur and Pratapgarh.
A few days back, Patel had alleged at a press conference in Mirzapur that smaller parties were feeling ‘ignored’ by the bigger NDA partner the BJP. She had also said,”Some differences cropped up between the Apna Dal and the BJP. We had given them time till February 20 to resolve the issues, but there is no answer from the BJP. It appears they are not interested in taking care of their allies.”
The schedule for seven-phase Lok Sabha Elections 2019 was announced by the Election Commission on March 10. The elections will begin on April 11 and the counting of votes will take place on May 23.