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BJP locks candidates for UP battle, to contest polls with Apna Dal, Nishad Party

The announcement on part of the saffron camp was made by its national president JP Nadda, following the conclusion of a BJP central election committee (CEC) meeting earlier in the day.
BJP president JP Nadda with UP BJP in-charge Dharmendra Patel, Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel, and UP BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh at a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. (PTI / Kamal Singh)
BJP president JP Nadda with UP BJP in-charge Dharmendra Patel, Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel, and UP BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh at a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. (PTI / Kamal Singh)
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 05:57 PM IST
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UP former minister Dara Singh Chauhan, Apna Dal MLA join SP

Chauhan, the legislator from Madhuban assembly constituency, joined the Akhilesh Yadav-led party along with Apna Dal (Sonelal)’s RK Verma, who represents Vishvanathganj constituency in Pratapgarh district in the state legislative assembly.
Dara Singh Chauhan, former minister in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government, joins Samajwadi Party (SP) in presence of SP national president Akhilesh Yadav at Samajwadi party office in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
Dara Singh Chauhan, former minister in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government, joins Samajwadi Party (SP) in presence of SP national president Akhilesh Yadav at Samajwadi party office in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 01:43 AM IST
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NDA ties may be on the mend as BJP allies find space in new Cabinet

Also sworn in as Cabinet minister was the LJP’s Pashupati Kumar Paras who is entangled in a feud with his nephew and Lok Sabha MP Chirag Paswan for control of the party.
Lok Janshakti Party supporters celebrate the inclusion of party president Pashupati Kumar Paras in the new Union Cabinet, in Patna, Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (PTI)
Lok Janshakti Party supporters celebrate the inclusion of party president Pashupati Kumar Paras in the new Union Cabinet, in Patna, Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (PTI)
Published on Jul 08, 2021 02:00 AM IST
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Anupriya Patel: Mirzapur MP from Apna Dal makes a comeback

  • Patel made a re-entry as she earlier served as a minister of state in the first NDA government.
Apna Dal MP Anupriya Patel took oath as a minister on Wednesday. (ANI)
Apna Dal MP Anupriya Patel took oath as a minister on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 07, 2021 07:24 PM IST
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UP minister says politicians, who aspire to be visionaries, need not be educated

“For instance, I am a minister and I have my staff. I don’t have to run jails. There are prison superintendents, others to do that,” the UP jail minister said.
The minister, elected on Bharatiya Janata Party’s ally Apna Dal’s ticket from Jahanabad, however, later said he had been quoted out of context.(Photo: ANI)
The minister, elected on Bharatiya Janata Party’s ally Apna Dal’s ticket from Jahanabad, however, later said he had been quoted out of context.(Photo: ANI)
Updated on Jan 30, 2020 05:05 AM IST
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Battle for bypolls: BJP springs last-minute surprise, decides to field its candidate on ally Apna Dal (S) ticket in UP’s Pratapgarh

Raj Kumar Pal, a district level BJP functionary who was earlier with the Samajwadi Party, will be contesting the Pratapgarh assembly on the Apna Dal (S) symbol.
Raj Kumar Pal, a district level BJP functionary who was earlier with the Samajwadi Party, will be contesting the Pratapgarh assembly on the Apna Dal (S) symbol.(HT Photo)
Raj Kumar Pal, a district level BJP functionary who was earlier with the Samajwadi Party, will be contesting the Pratapgarh assembly on the Apna Dal (S) symbol.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 30, 2019 05:56 AM IST
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Lucknow | ByManish Chandra Pandey, Lucknow

Apna Dal (S) plays down its chief’s non-inclusion in Yogi ministry

The Apna Dal leaders appear resigned to the numerical dominance of the BJP, which won 312 seats in the 2017 UP assembly polls against nine MLAs of the Apna Dal.
Apna Dal (S) president Ashish Patel with his wife Anupriya Patel.(PTI File)
Apna Dal (S) president Ashish Patel with his wife Anupriya Patel.(PTI File)
Updated on Aug 23, 2019 10:51 AM IST
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Wrote to CM about Sonbhadra village land dispute in January, claims Apna Dal (S) MLA Chero

Chero said that a group of Umbha residents visited him in December 2018 and told him that the village head Yagyadatt was forcing them to vacate the land following which he wrote to CM Yogi.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath meets with the kin of those killed over a land dispute in Umbha village, Sonbhadra, on Sunday, July 21, 2019.(ANI)
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath meets with the kin of those killed over a land dispute in Umbha village, Sonbhadra, on Sunday, July 21, 2019.(ANI)
Published on Jul 24, 2019 02:36 PM IST
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As Centre rejects UP’s OBC inclusion bid, spotlight back on social justice report

The Centre’s rejection of Yogi Adityanath government’s decision to fulfil the 15-year-old demand of including 17 OBC sub-castes in the Scheduled Caste (SC) category has brought the spotlight back on the Social Justice Committee report (2018) which has been gathering dust for nearly a year.
In the past, both Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) governments have tried to push for the inclusion of OBC sub-castes, that make up for 14 per cent of the state’s electorate, but the move was rejected by the Centre.(Representative image)
In the past, both Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) governments have tried to push for the inclusion of OBC sub-castes, that make up for 14 per cent of the state’s electorate, but the move was rejected by the Centre.(Representative image)
Published on Jul 02, 2019 06:09 PM IST
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Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal elect most women MPs: 11 each

Overall, the 17th Lok Sabha will have the highest number of women parliamentarians ever at 78
One of the biggest victories in Uttar Pradesh was of BJP’s Smriti Irani over Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the Gandhi family bastion of Amethi.(AFP File)
One of the biggest victories in Uttar Pradesh was of BJP’s Smriti Irani over Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the Gandhi family bastion of Amethi.(AFP File)
Published on May 26, 2019 03:43 PM IST
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Once neck-and-neck, BJP now opens up big vote share lead on opposition alliance in UP

In 2014, the combined vote share of these three parties was 42.7%, compared to the 42.3% polled by the alliance of the BJP and Apna Dal . Out of the 73 seats won by the BJP-led alliance (71 by the BJP alone) in 2014, 38 were spoiler aided victories.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) faced its biggest challenge in the state of Uttar Pradesh in these elections. This was because of an alliance between the Samajwadi party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).(REUTERS)
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) faced its biggest challenge in the state of Uttar Pradesh in these elections. This was because of an alliance between the Samajwadi party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).(REUTERS)
Updated on May 24, 2019 08:36 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAbhishek Jha

Mayawati meets Akhilesh to share notes on elections in UP, politics in Delhi

A day after Lok Sabha exit polls predicted gains for the SP-BSP alliance in politically crucial state Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav called on Mayawati in Lucknow on Monday.
The meeting comes two days ahead of the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha election.(ANI file photo)
The meeting comes two days ahead of the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha election.(ANI file photo)
Updated on May 20, 2019 03:58 PM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019- ‘Amitabh Bachchan would have been better choice’: Priyanka Gandhi jabs Modi

The Mirzapur parliamentary constituency is one of the two Lok Sabha seats where the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ally Apna Dal was successful in the general election in 2014.
Mirzapur: Congress General Secratary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra during an election roadshow in support of party's Mirzapur seat candidate Lalitesh Tripathi ahead of the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha polls, in Mirzapur.(PTI)
Mirzapur: Congress General Secratary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra during an election roadshow in support of party's Mirzapur seat candidate Lalitesh Tripathi ahead of the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha polls, in Mirzapur.(PTI)
Updated on May 14, 2020 03:21 AM IST
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Mirzapur Election Results 2019 : Will Apna Dal win in this UP constituency again?

Uttar Pradesh, which sends the maximum number of members to Parliament at 80, will go to polls in all the seven phases of the Lok Sabha election 2019. Votes will be counted on May 23.
Gurgaon, India- April 10 : Usha Rain Verma sole candidate of lok sabha election gurgaon constituency stand in queue for given their vote, in Gurgaon, India, on Thursday, April 10, 2014. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Gurgaon, India- April 10 : Usha Rain Verma sole candidate of lok sabha election gurgaon constituency stand in queue for given their vote, in Gurgaon, India, on Thursday, April 10, 2014. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 23, 2019 12:20 PM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: UP BJP ally SBSP declares candidates against PM Modi, Rajnath Singh

The BJP has left two seats for its other Other Backward Classes (OBC) ally, Apna Dal, and fielded an Apna Dal legislator on its symbol from Pratapgarh Lok Sabha seat.
UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey said, “There is no ulterior motive in getting SBSP to contest election on our symbol from Ghosi. It is just that the chances of win would be certain on our symbol,” he said.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey said, “There is no ulterior motive in getting SBSP to contest election on our symbol from Ghosi. It is just that the chances of win would be certain on our symbol,” he said.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 17, 2019 01:10 AM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Yogi Adityanath confident his work will stand party in good stead

Despite constant attacks from the opposition, Adityanath appears confident about his ‘work for people’ and has predicted the BJP will win 74 Lok Sabha seats.
Despite constant attacks from the opposition, Adityanath appears confident about his ‘work for people’ and has predicted the BJP will win 74 Lok Sabha seats.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
Despite constant attacks from the opposition, Adityanath appears confident about his ‘work for people’ and has predicted the BJP will win 74 Lok Sabha seats.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 19, 2019 03:15 AM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Apna Dal finalises deal with BJP to contest on two UP seats

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Anupriya, the sitting MP from Mirzapur, will contest from Mirzapur only. The second seat from which the Apna Dal will contest will be decided in consultation with the BJP.
The announcement was made by BJP president Amit Shah after meeting Apna Dal leader and union minister Anupriya Patel.(HT Photo)
The announcement was made by BJP president Amit Shah after meeting Apna Dal leader and union minister Anupriya Patel.(HT Photo)
Published on Mar 16, 2019 11:05 AM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Apna Dal seals pact with BJP, gets 2 seats in UP

BJP chief Amit Shah on Friday tweeted that Apna Dal MP from Mirzapur will contest from her seat with the second seat being decided upon in consultations between the two parties. The BJP is yet to decide on where its other OBC ally the SBSP will contest from.
BJP chief Amit Shah announced on Friday that Apna Dal leader and sitting MP Anupriya Patel will contest from her Mirzapur seat.(Amit Shah/Twitter)
BJP chief Amit Shah announced on Friday that Apna Dal leader and sitting MP Anupriya Patel will contest from her Mirzapur seat.(Amit Shah/Twitter)
Published on Mar 15, 2019 09:40 PM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Upset ally, Apna Dal firms up deal with BJP, to contest on two UP seats

BJP chief Amit Shah on Friday tweeted that Apna Dal MP from Mirzapur will contest from her seat with the second seat being decided upon in consultations between the two parties. The BJP is yet to decide on where its other OBC ally the SBSP will contest from.
BJP chief Amit Shah announced on Friday that Apna Dal leader and sitting MP Anupriya Patel will contest from her Mirzapur seat.(Amit Shah/Twitter)
BJP chief Amit Shah announced on Friday that Apna Dal leader and sitting MP Anupriya Patel will contest from her Mirzapur seat.(Amit Shah/Twitter)
Published on Mar 15, 2019 05:29 PM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: How BJP’s ‘last-minute’ move won over disgruntled allies in Uttar Pradesh

Apna Dal had two MPs from UP and its nine candidates won in 2017 UP polls, while four SBSP candidates became MLAs in a tie-up with the BJP.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National President Amit Shah(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National President Amit Shah(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 12, 2019 12:21 PM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Amit Shah reaches out to miffed UP ally, assures solution

The Apna Dal counts Patels, an Other Backward Class community, among its core support base in eastern Uttar Pradesh.
Amit Shah reaches out to miffed UP ally, assures solution.(PTI)
Amit Shah reaches out to miffed UP ally, assures solution.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 28, 2019 07:30 AM IST
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Apna Dal splinter group to contest Lok Sabha polls

The AIAD’s national general secretary Man Singh Patel said the party will hold talks with like-minded political parties for an alliance in the Lok Sabha election. If an alliance fails to materialise, the party will field candidates on 33 Lok Sabha seats in UP, he said.
Lucknow: Apna Dal (S) leader Anupriya Patel with party President Ashish Patel(PTI)
Lucknow: Apna Dal (S) leader Anupriya Patel with party President Ashish Patel(PTI)
Published on Feb 27, 2019 08:31 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | ByHT Correspondent, Lucknow

Apna Dal set for another split, fight for backward caste votes to intensify

The Apna Dal enjoys considerable support among Kurmi voters in the Varanasi-Mirzapur region, Bundelkhand and in the districts of central UP
Apna Dal (S) leader Anupriya Patel with party President Ashish Patel addresses a press conference, in Lucknow(PTI)
Apna Dal (S) leader Anupriya Patel with party President Ashish Patel addresses a press conference, in Lucknow(PTI)
Published on Feb 26, 2019 08:22 AM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Apna Dal to meet on February 28 to take call on NDA tie-up

The meeting will take place amid reports that party leaders, Anupriya Singh Patel and Ashish Patel, held talks with Congress general secretary in charge of east UP, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, at her Delhi residence on Thursday.
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Apna Dal to meet on Feb 28 to take call on NDA tie-up(PTI)
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Apna Dal to meet on Feb 28 to take call on NDA tie-up(PTI)
Published on Feb 23, 2019 07:20 AM IST
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Talks on with BJP for alliance, says Apna Dal’s Krishna group

Patel said her party was the original Apna Dal launched by her husband Sonelal Patel. She said the splinter group run by her daughter Anupriya Patel, a union minister, was trying to hijack the party.
Krishna Patel (in specs) talking to journalists in Lucknow(HT Photo)
Krishna Patel (in specs) talking to journalists in Lucknow(HT Photo)
Published on Jan 07, 2019 12:09 PM IST
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At PM Modi event in Ghazipur, 2 absent BJP allies signal alliance trouble in UP

Two BJP allies of the BJP led governments on Saturday boycotted the rally addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ghazipur.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flanked by MoS for Communications and Railways Manoj Sinha and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during the foundation stone laying ceremony for a medical college, in Ghazipur, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018.(PTI photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flanked by MoS for Communications and Railways Manoj Sinha and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during the foundation stone laying ceremony for a medical college, in Ghazipur, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018.(PTI photo)
Updated on Dec 29, 2018 09:57 PM IST
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UP government refuses to give Apna Dal a bungalow for party office

The state government on Wednesday turned down the Apna Dal’s request for allocation of a bungalow to run the party office.
Union Minister of State and Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel during the Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi(PTI)
Union Minister of State and Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel during the Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi(PTI)
Published on Dec 28, 2018 01:57 PM IST
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Learn from defeats: Union Minister Anupriya Patel’s stinker to ally BJP

The Apna Dal expressed its dissatisfaction days after Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RSLP) chief Upendra Kushwaha walked out of the NDA
Anupriya had skipped a programme of chief minister Yogi Adityanath in Deoria on Wednesday, a day after Ashish made the comments against the BJP.(ANI Photo)
Anupriya had skipped a programme of chief minister Yogi Adityanath in Deoria on Wednesday, a day after Ashish made the comments against the BJP.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Dec 29, 2018 12:32 AM IST
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Bigger allies should respect small parties: NDA ally Apna Dal(S)

The Apna Dal(S) chief claimed that she was not given adequate importance and not even invited for inaugurations of medical colleges.
BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi and Apna Dal Chief Anupriya Patel at an election campaign rally in Varanasi.(PTI Photo)
BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi and Apna Dal Chief Anupriya Patel at an election campaign rally in Varanasi.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Dec 29, 2018 12:45 AM IST
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Amit Shah holds marathon meeting with Yogi Adityanath, Dalit MPs and UP allies

The meeting comes in the wake of BJP’s Dalit leaders and allies voicing their dissent over the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act.
BJP president Amit Shah along with UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, after paying tribute to social reformer Jyotiba Phule at Samtamulak Chowk in Lucknow.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
BJP president Amit Shah along with UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, after paying tribute to social reformer Jyotiba Phule at Samtamulak Chowk in Lucknow.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 12, 2018 07:30 AM IST
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