BJP Ties Up With Apna Dal, Nishad Party In UP
Hindustan Times|January 20, 2022
NEW DELH: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday announced that it will contest all 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh "jointly" with its allies the Apna Dal and Nishad Party. The BJP also used the occasion to burnish its pro-Other Backward Classes (OBC) credentials; both the Apna Dal and the Nishad Party are built around a core OBC base..
Smriti Kak Ramachandran

Announcing the decision, BJP president JP Nadda said the party will contest with its “NDA partners just as it has done for the Lok Sabha elections.

While he did not specify the details of the seat-sharing agreement between the allies, Nadda said discussions on how elections would be fought and won were carried out without rancour.

Anupriya Patel of the Apna Dal and Sanjay Nishad of the Nishad Party, who were present, spoke about the steps taken by the BJP governments at the Centre and in the state for the empowerment and uplift of the socially and economic marginalised communities.

The party has been on an overdrive to dispel perceptions that its social engineering model built around support of nondominant OBCs has come undone following the exit of three OBC ministers and several legislators over the past week.

Uttar Pradesh goes to the polls in seven phases starting February 10 and ending March 7. Votes will be counted on March 10.

The party is also tight-lipped about why it chose not to include the Janata Dal (United) in the coalition. The BJP and the JD-U run a coalition government in Bihar but have chosen to contest elections separately in UP.

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