BJP president Amit Shah took to Twitter to announce the alliance, saying: “With the resolution of the “Phirekbaar Modi sarkaar”, the ‘BJP-Apna Dal’ alliance would fight Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh.” He also said that Apna Dal’s Anupriya Patel would be in the fray from Mirzapur constituency whereas, in the other constituency, leaders from both parties would contest.
Shah said the second seat would be finalised later after deliberations between leaders of both the parties.
With the resolve of again forming the Modi government at the Centre, the BJP and the Apna Dal (S) will contest the Lok Sabha election in Uttar Pradesh together, Shah said.
Apna Dal (S) was upset and has been expressing their apprehensions about staying in the National Democratic Alliance, but was finally convinced by the BJP for two seats.
In the 2014 general election, the Apna Dal had won two seats and the BJP had won 71 seats in UP, which has 80 Lok Sabha constituencies.