While hoping to gain in Assam, the BJP is aware that the prized catch of Uttar Pradesh is likely to elude it since it cannot realistically hope to replicate its success of winning 71 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats - its ally, Apna Dal
, won two - in Uttar Pradesh in the last general election.
The SP claimed to have won 25 seats in Varanasi district while Congress won 2, BSP 3, BJP ally Apna Dal
4 and Independents 6.
Leaders of Shiv Sena, TDP, LJP, SAD and smaller parties including NPP, SDF and RPI (Athawale) were present as also representatives of the Shetkari Swabhiman Paksha and Apna dal
SP was ahead in 11 seats, BSP three, Congress one, Apna Dal
But analysts caution that voting along caste lines remains strong in ruralUttar Pradeshand neighbouringBihar, and -- taking no chances -- the BJP has joined hands with Apna Dal
, which represents a low caste of farmers in the Varanasi region.
KRISHNA Patel, president of Apna Dal
( AD), on Monday suspended her daughter and Mirzapur MP Anupriya Patel from the post of general secretary of the party and also its membership.
Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat was among the five seats the Samajwadi Party had won in the general elections as BJP had swept Uttar Pradesh by winning 71 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats while ally Apna Dal
BJP and its ally Apna Dal
clinched 73 while Congress got two seats.
The coalition, which started campaigning even before dates were announced, includes ex-BSP rank holder and chief of the regional party Apna Dal
, Sone Lal Patel, Om Prakash Rajbhar, who led the Bhartiya Samaj Party and ex-cabinet minister R K Chaudhary, who is the sitting MLA from Mohanlalganj.
A FAMILY feud threatens to split the Apna Dal
, an ally of the BJP, in Uttar Pradesh.
Shah, who orchestrated an outstanding victory for the party in politically crucial state Uttar Pradesh by ensuring an unprecedented 73 seats for BJP and its ally Apna Dal
out of a possible 80 seats from the state as the general secretary in-charge for the state, should have been, under normal circumstances, the top choice.
On the other hand, Apna Dal
leader MP from Mirzapur, Anupriya Patel has said that her mother Krishna Patel lost from Varanasi's Rohaniya seat because of the local BJP leaders did not extend her a helping hand in the campaign.