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Lok Sabha polls: Apna Dal seals pact with BJP

LUCKNOW: BJP in the end sealed its alliance with Apna Dal (Sonelal), the Kurmi-dominated political outfit, giving it two seats on Friday after handing out 9 MoS ranks to the alliance partner within the state, hours prior to the type code got here into power.

Apna Dal (Sonelal) convener and Union minister Anupriya Patel met BJP leader Amit Shah in Delhi on Friday to discuss seat sharing and then Shah tweeted that Anupriya will contest from Mirzapur, whilst the two parties will finalize the candidate for the other seat after due consultation.

In 2014 basic elections, BJP had a pre-poll alliance with Krishna Patel-led Apna Dal, which won two Lok Sabha seats from UP, even as the saffron party swept the state, winning 71 seats. Krishna'a daughter Anupriya won from Mirzapur, whilst the Pratapgarh seat was once bagged via Kunwar Haribansh Singh. In 2016, Anupriya split together with her mother Krishna Patel, shaped Apna Dal (Sonelal) and struck a pre-poll alliance with BJP in 2017 UP assembly elections, winning 9 seats. Anupriya's husband Ashish Singh Patel later got elected as MLC.

Last month, even Kunwar Haribansh Singh broke away from Apna Dal and shaped Akhil Bharatiya Apna Dal, accusing party management of nepotism. While Haribansh has been aligning with BJP, Krishna has been maintaining her choices open whilst sending feelers to Opposition parties, together with Congress.

Anupriya too accused BJP of not giving due appreciate to allies and was once skipping government occasions. Sources stated, she was once difficult 5 seats in UP. Sources in BJP stated the saffron party sought after to keep an elbow room to regulate different Apna Dal factions too. When contacted, Krishna Patel refused to remark and stated she would take decision after consulting party colleagues. Haribansh advised TOI, he was once in a position for talks and his party was once prepared to accept BJP as senior alliance partner.

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