Targeting BJP for inducting Apna Dal MP Anupriya Patel — who leads another faction in the party — in the Union Cabinet, her mother Krishna on Thursday announced she would hold ‘Kranti Diwas Maharally’ in Varanasi on August 23 to launch a campaign against BJP.
Party spokesperson R B Singh Patel said the campaign — ‘BJP Hatao Aarakshan Bachao’ from July 26 to August 1 — would primarily focus on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency. Anupriya’ sister and party vice-president Pallavi Patel would lead a motorcycle rally in various districts, including Varanasi, Mirzapur, Jaunpur, Pratapgarh, Allahabad, Kaushambi and Fatehpur.“The grand rally in Varanasi will teach a lesson to those who have cheated the party and those who have not followed the spirit of alliance… BJP did not follow spirit of alliance as it inducted Anupriya in the Union Cabinet without consulting me,” Krishna told party office-bearers at a meeting in Lucknow.
She added that while Apna Dal had expelled Anupriya in May, 2015 for anti-party activities and due to her high ambitions, BJP national president and the Prime Minister were communicated about the same. “Still, Anupriya’s name was linked with Apna Dal. It shows that BJP has followed policy of divide and rule to weaken Apna Dal,” said Krishna, adding that she is open to new alliances with parties that have a ideology similar to Apna Dal.
With both Krishna and Anupriya claiming to be the Apna Dal president, a case is currently pending in the Allahabad High Court to decide the dispute. Problems between the two began soon after Krishna announced the launch of Pallavi in politics and named her the party vice-president in October, 2014. Later, Krishna removed Anupriya from the party general secretary post and also expelled her.
The BJP, in a rally in Varanasi on July 2, had announced it would contest the 2017 elections in alliance with Apna Dal led by Anupriya.
Meanwhile, before the August 23 rally, Apna Dal is set to launch ‘Chalo Gaon Ki Oar’ campaign from July 16, where leaders would hold at least five ‘nukkad’ meetings in every constituency.
“The party will field candidates on at least 150 seats in the UP polls. These seats will be in eastern UP and include Mirzapur and Varanasi. We will raise the reservation issue to target the NDA government,” said Patel.