Earlier it was reported that Apna Dal (S) was not satisfied with BJP and had threatened to quit the National Democratic Alliance. Now Apna Dal (S) will be contesting on two seats.
Apna Dal (S) leader and Union Minister Anupriya Patel will contest from Mirzapur. The allies are yet to take decision on another seat.
“With the aim to bring back the Modi government, we will contest the national elections with Apna Dal in UP,” Shah tweeted.
Apna Dal(S) had won two seats in Uttar Pradesh: Pratapgarh and Mirzapur – in 2014 elections.
Anupriya Patel last month had accused the BJP of “not taking care of its allies”. “It appears they are not interested in taking care of their allies,” she had said. Her party was “free to take its own decisions” regarding the national elections, she had also quipped.
Apna Dal(S) President Ashish Patel, Anupriya’s husband held talks with Shah later to figure out differences. He had stressed on “appointment of Dalits” in police force in UP, among other issues, at a meeting last month.
“Our party demanded appointment of Dalits and people belonging to backward communities in 50 per cent police stations of the state, besides giving either DM or SP post in districts to these category officers. Our party workers should be considered in appointment in various state corporations,” he had said at that time, underlining the party’s concern that its suggestions were not being heeded by the BJP and it felt ignored.
Patel, in a tweet on Friday, thanked Shah and said the two parties had settled all the differences. “We will fight with all our might so that Narendra Modi can be elected again,” Patel said.
The Apna Dal (Sonelal) is a breakaway faction of the Apna Dal, which was founded in 1995 by Sone Lal Patel. The Apna Dal (Sonelal) was founded by Jawahar Lal Patel, who was also a founding member of the Apna Dal. The Apna Dal has claimed support among the non-OBC communities such as the Kurmis.