NEW DELHI: The future of the alliance with Apna Dal (S), BJP's ally in Uttar Pradesh, is clouded by the crisis. The crisis is about the upcoming assembly by-elections in UP. The by-election includes Pratapgarh Sadar seat. Where the MLA of Apna Dal was. The BJP's state leadership wants to field its candidate in this seat but Apna Dal party wants this sear as well. The BJP had given 11 seats to Apna Dal party under the pre-poll alliance in the assembly elections, including Pratapgarh Sadar seat.
The seat was won by Sangam Lal Gupta, who was contested by the BJP from Pratapgarh on his ticket to the Lok Sabha elections. The state unit has left the responsibility of deciding on Pratapgarh Sadar seat to the central leadership. BJP sources say that the state unit wants to contest the seat on its own. On the other hand, Apna Dal, which has suffered a series of setbacks since the Lok Sabha elections, is not ready to give up the seat at any cost.
Apna Dal wants the BJP high command to take a decision on the issue at the earliest and clear the situation. After the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP kept Apna Dal away from the Union Cabinet and did not make Anupriya Patel a minister. After that, her husband Ashish Patel was not given a place even in the Cabinet expansion of the Yogi government. His name was removed from the list at the last moment.
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