Lok Sabha election 2019: Shivpal Yadav forms political front, Apna Dal, Peace Party join in
Shivpal Yadav said the Progressive Democratic Alliance (PDA) will contest 79 of the 80 Lok sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.Updated: Mar 19, 2019 17:15 IST
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia (PSP-L) founder Shivpal Singh Yadav on Tuesday launched a political front called the Progressive Democratic Alliance (PDA) with the Krishna Patel faction of Apna Dal and the Peace Party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh.
Krishna Patel’s faction of the Apna Dal which sealed a seat-sharing arrangement with the Congress for two Lok Sabha constituencies a few days ago will contest Basti and Pilibhit seats.
Announcing the formation of the PDA, Shivpal said, “We have decided to contest all Lok Sabha seats in UP except one (which will be contested by his brother and Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav).”
The PSP-L also declared its candidates for 31 Lok Sabha constituencies on Tuesday. Other candidates will be named in coming days. Uttar Pradesh has 80 Lok Sabha seats and elections will be held on all seven phases from April 11 to May 19.
In a letter to Shivpal, Krishna Patel said her party had taken a policy decision to support the PSP (L) in principle. She, however, did not mention any seat-sharing arrangement.
The Peace Party, another regional outfit led by Mohammad Ayub, also joined the PDA on the occasion.
On being asked about fielding Mulayam’s daughter in-law Aparna Yadav as a PSP-L candidate, Shivpal said he would do so if “Netaji” (Mulayam) asked him.
Asked about the failure of talks with the Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to form a grand alliance, Shivpal once the second most powerful man in the Samajwadi Party, said: “I held discussions with the leaders several times but individuals with narrow political outlook and vested personal interest prevented an alliance.”
“We are still hopeful that better sense would prevail on these parties if they are really serious to prevent the BJP from coming back to power again,” he said.
Shivpal Yadav is an MLA from Jaswantnagar. He will contest from Firozabad Lok Sabha seat against his nephew and Samajwadi Party nominee Akshaya Yadav, son of Ramgopal Yadav. Shivpal has never been an MP before.
First Published: Mar 19, 2019 16:58 IST