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Nishad party ties up with BJP after leaving SP-BSP-RLD alliance

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Apr 4 2019 6:51PM
Nishad party ties up with BJP after leaving SP-BSP-RLD alliance
\RLucknow,April 4 (HS)Though Samajwadi Party has called it a "ghate ka sauda", alliance of the Nishad party with the BJP on Thursday will change the caste equations in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh and work to the advantage of the NDA.Two major backward castes,Kurmi and Rajbhar,which play a major role in the region,are already with the party.It has been now joined by Nishads(boatmen)who are settled in riverine belt.The development will go against the SP which has been asked to contest most of the seats in this region by the alliance partner,the BSP. However, the party has put up a brave face and did not give much importance to it.The Nishad party was with the SP and had fought Gorakhpur by-election last year with support from the party and the BSP.The opposition supported Nishad party candidate Pravin Nishad had won,causing much embarrassment to the BJP. Gorakhpur was the home turf of chief minister Yogi Adityanath.The party walked out of alliance on March 29 and joined hands with the BJP in less than a week.The sitting Nishad party MP may now seek re-election from Gorakhpur on BJP symbol.President of the party and his father,Sanjay Nishad, may be fielded by the BJP from neighbouring Maharajganj seat which has Nishad- caste dominance.Insiders say that he had deserted the SP because he was demanding three seats including Maharajganj but the party was not ready to allot more than one(Gorakhpur). The SP has decided to field a Nishad from Gorakhpur as a damage-control measure.The development must have pleased Yogi who had faced embarrassment in the wake of defeat of BJP candidate in Gorakhpur.He is reported to have played a major role in bringing the party in.He had met president of the party soon after news of his leaving the opposition alliance had reached him.The constituency will go to the poll in the seventh and last phase on May 19.HS/RN \R
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