New Delhi: Lok Sabha elections are just around the corner and while the BJP has managed to retain Shiv Sena in the NDA fold, the election may not exactly be a cakewalk for the party with another ally claiming that the saffron party had no interest in resolving its issues. (Also read: BJP-Sena Finalise Seat-sharing) Also Read - Allahabad HC Dismisses Plea Challenging PM Modi's Election From Varanasi LS Seat
Apna Dal (S) convener and minister of state in the Modi Cabinet Anupriya Patel told mediapersons on Thursday that the party was free to chart its own course as the BJP leadership had taken no interest in addressing its grievances. Also Read - Anti-Modi Tweets by Arvind Kejriwal Vanished Post Lok Sabha Elections 2019
“BJP ke saath hamein kuch samasyaein aayi aur usko humne sheersh netritiva ke saamne rakha bhi aur 20 February tak humne unhe samay diya ki in samasyaon ka samadhaan kare. Lekin unhone inn samasyaon ka samadhaan nahi kiya (We had some issues with the BJP which we put before the party high command and gave them till February 20 to sort them out. But that hasn’t happened).” Also Read - 'Danger in Boycotting J&K Assembly Polls, it Could be Repeat of What Happened in Lok Sabha Elections,' Warns NC's Omar Abdullah
She added, “Isse yahi prateet hota hai ki BJP ko shikayaton se koi lena dena nahi hai aur samasyaon ke samadhaan mein koi ruchi nahi hai isliye Apna Dal ab swatantra hai, apna rasta chun’ne ke liye. Hamari party ki baithak humne bula li hai party jo tay karegi wo hum karenge (That tells us that the BJP couldn’t care less about our problems. So now we are free. We have convened a party meeting where we will decide our future course of action).”
However, party’s National President Ashish Patel refused to jump the gun. He told ANI, “We are part of NDA. We had some issues with Uttar Pradesh BJP, which we had raised in front of the central leadership. However, no action has been taken in that regard. Today we have decided that a meeting of the core committee of our party will be convened on February 28 and the future course will be decided.”
He also elaborated on the issue between his party and the state government. “We had demanded that our party workers be given positions in different corporations of the state. They have made around 300 such appointments but none of our workers was given the opportunity.”
He added that his party was not in talks with any other party for a pre-poll alliance. Apna Dal (S) had won two seats in the last Lok Sabha elections.