UP polls: BJP to jointly contest all 403 seats with Apna Dal, Nishad Party

In the 2017 Assembly polls, BJP contested 384 seats, the Apna Dal contested 11 seats, while the saffron party's former ally the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party contested eight seats

Press Trust of India January 19, 2022 20:41:09 IST
UP polls: BJP to jointly contest all 403 seats with Apna Dal, Nishad Party

The BJP has announced an alliance with the Apna Dal and Nishad Party in Uttar Pradesh. Twitter @JPNadda

New Delhi: BJP president JP Nadda on Wednesday announced an alliance with Apna Dal and Nishad Party, two parties that draw their support primarily from sections of backward castes, for the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.

Addressing a press conference, Nadda said the three National Democratic Alliance partners in the state will fight the elections to 403-member assembly together and lauded Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led government for its performance on a host of issues, including law and order, investment and improvement in social indicators.

Apna Dal chief Anupriya Patel, a Union minister, and Nishad Party supremo Sanjay Nishad hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre for working for the interests of Other Backward Classes (OBC) and hit out at BJP's rivals for "denying" a large section of backward communities their rights.

Details about how many seats each party will fight will be announced later, the leaders said.

Nadda claimed that the mafia used to be active in Uttar Pradesh in nexus with the government before the BJP came to power there but the Yogi Adityanath dispensation has restored the rule of law in the state and made it a destination for investment. Earlier, investors were withdrawing their investment, he alleged.

Under the 'double-engine' government, a reference to the BJP being power at the Centre as well as in the state, Uttar Pradesh has made an improvement on social indicators, with connectivity and education, especially medical education, receiving a boost, he said.

Patel said the BJP government has been a good "cocktail" of development and social justice.
Both BJP allies said the NDA will again form a government in Uttar Pradesh and praised the state government too.

Posting a picture of NDA leaders, including Home Minister Amit Shah, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the two allies besides several others, Nadda tweeted that the alliance will again cross the tally of 300 in the state.

Shah tweeted about the meeting with the two parties for alliance talks and asserted that the NDA will again form the government with a massive majority.

Blessings of the people of Uttar Pradesh are with the alliance, he said.

Both Patel and Nishad hailed the Modi government for granting constitutional status to the OBC commission and giving the community reservation in education, including in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test.

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