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Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019

Nishad Party’s Gorakhpur MP who walked out of SP-BSP alliance joins BJP

Senior BJP leader and Union minister J P Nadda said both the leaders wield considerable influence in their regions, and that they had joined the party due to their faith in the policies of the Modi government.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Apr 04, 2019 15:47 IST
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Praveen Kumar Nishad sitting MP from Gorakhpur joins BJP in the presence of Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Jagat Prakash Nadda at BJP headquarter in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, April 4, 2019.
Praveen Kumar Nishad sitting MP from Gorakhpur joins BJP in the presence of Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Jagat Prakash Nadda at BJP headquarter in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, April 4, 2019. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
         

Former Congress MP from Telangana, Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu, and Samajwadi Party MP from Gorakhpur, Praveen Kumar Nishad, joined the BJP on Thursday.

Senior BJP leader and Union minister J P Nadda said both the leaders wield considerable influence in their regions, and that they had joined the party due to their faith in the policies of the Modi government.

Rapolu was associated with the Telangana movement and had quit the Congress last month.

Praveen Nishad, whose father Sanjay Nishad is the head of the Nishad Party, had emerged victorious in the Gorakhpur by-poll last year, after the SP and the BSP joined hands to take on the BJP.

He had contested on an SP ticket.

However, differences grew between Sanjay Nishad and the SP as the Akhilesh Yadav-led party wanted him to contest again on its symbol while he wanted to fight as a Nishad Party candidate, according to him.

The BJP has not yet announced its candidate for Gorakhpur, the political turf of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

The saffron party may bank on Nishad to reclaim its bastion.