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2017 polls: Apna Dal eyes 150 seats in Uttar Pradesh

Apna Dal has its base in eastern UP, especially among Kurmis — one of the largest groups among OBCs in UP.

APNA DAL chief Krishna Patel said on Monday that her party, which is in an alliance with the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, is preparing to contest 150 seats in the 2017 state Assembly elections.

“The party will take a decision if the BJP did not agree to give 150 seats. We are in alliance with the BJP as of now,” she told mediapersons.

Claiming that she was recently called by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for a meeting, Patel said she had not agreed with the CM’s proposal. She did not elaborate what the proposal was. Patel clarified that she had not held any talks with election strategist Prashant Kishor, who is managing the Congress campaign in UP.

Apna Dal has its base in eastern UP, especially among Kurmis — one of the largest groups among OBCs in UP. Patel, who is fighting a court case with her daughter Anupriya — an MP from Mirzapur — over Apna Dal’s control, said they have started accepting applications from prospective candidates. In 2014, she claimed to have expelled Anupriya from the party, leading to creation of two factions.

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Patel’s elder daughter Pallavi Patel, vice-president of Apna Dal, said: “The party will hold a dharna in Lucknow on April 7. We will protest against the law and order condition and over issues affecting farmers.”

First published on: 05-04-2016 at 12:58:12 am
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