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Gathbandhan door closed, BJP allies now mull options | Lucknow News

LUCKNOW: With SP-BSP combine leaving just two seats for other parties, the focus will now shift on restive allies of BJP like the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) and Apna Dal, which have been arm-twisting the saffron party and dropping hints of joining the grand alliance. Apna Dal has two factions — one led by Krishna Patel and and other, Apna Dal (Sonelal), led by Krishna’s daughter and Union minister Anupriya Patel.

Anupriya has accused the BJP of not giving adequate respect to allies and has been boycotting programmes of the NDA government in protest. Krishna Patel-led outfit is learnt to be exploring option of a pact with the Congress to form a ‘Mahagathbandhan’.

Terming the SP-BSP alliance as part of Mayawati’s strategy to project herself as a prime ministerial candidate in 2019, Apna Dal national general secretary Pankaj Niranjan said, “Our party does not find Mayawati fit to be a prospective PM candidate. The SP-BSP alliance is just confined to two parties. Mahagathbandhan is yet to happen.”

The SBSP reiterated its stand that it has put BJP on a 100-day notice to implement the social justice committee report before Lok Sabha elections or else it will solo in 2019 polls. “At present, we are with the NDA but if the report is not implemented we would be forced to part ways and go solo in the elections,” SBSP chief Om Prakash Rajbhar told TOI.

Coming in support of the 10% of reservation meant for economically, Rajbhar said that the ruling BJP needs to understand that the poor are in every caste including backward caste.

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