Union minister Anupriya Patel is hopeful of getting ministerial berths for some of the 9 elected MLAs of Apna Dal (Sonelal) in the Uttar Pradesh government.
Addressing the first meeting of elected MLAs here on Wednesday, Anupriya Patel said that as a partner BJP in Uttar Pradesh her party (Apna Dal) will be the part of the government. “Someone from our MLAs will be the leader of the legislature party, some minister, someone will head commission or committee, as there are lots of options,” she said asking her MLAs to trust her policies and decisions.
“For me no individual is big but the party is,” she added.
At the meeting, she once again reiterated her affection for her mother Krishna Patel, with whom she is on loggerheads over leadership issue in Apna Dal.
Anupriya said differences with her mother were just to save the party and with the performance of Apna Dal (S) her mother must also be happy.
“The kind of struggle Dr Sonelal Patel did to make the party, similar sacrifice was made by her respected mother Krishna Patelji,” she said from the dais inside the jam-packed Ganna Sansthan auditorium.
“I am saying this today as I have gone through the pain. From the social media to even among workers a lot of allegations and comments came up right and wrong before me,” she said adding, “Respect of mother is on top.”
Anupriya’s words in the event, however, had no meaning for her sister Pallavi Patel, who is leading the Apna Dal along with mother Krishna Patel.
“If Anupriya wants to come back to old Apna Dal, she is welcome by me, my mother and all party workers. But there is no chance of merger with her party, whatever she may say,” said Pallavi, reacting to Anupariya’s statement.
Anupriya is presently an MP from Apna Dal but her sister said she has been expelled from the party.
Speaking to MLAs, Anupriya said, “In some corner of her heart mother must be happy to see the party’s performance.”
Anupriya asked the MLAs to make sure they take the new party and its organisation to booth level in the entire state starting with the constituency they have won. Apna Dal (Sonelal) has won nine seats, including one women Leena Tiwari from Madiyaun (Jaunpur).