Lucknow: The party is now on high alert after 8 MLAs, including two ministers, resigned from the BJP ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. BJP has started damage control efforts amid rumors about Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel and Sanjay Nishad of Nishad Party. Union Home Minister Amit Shah himself met Sanjay Nishad and Anupriya Patel on Wednesday evening to discuss seat-sharing.
Not only this, Amit Shah is going to meet the leaders once again on Thursday evening. After the meeting, on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti on January 14, the seats of both the parties in the alliance are likely to be announced in Lucknow. According to BJP sources, the Nishad Party had demanded 15 to 18 seats. After a long meeting with Amit Shah, 15 seats are likely to be given to the Nishad Party.
Nishad Party leader Sanjay Nishad himself has also said that he can field candidates on 15 seats. However, it is being said that some BJP candidates can also field on the symbol of Nishad Party. In this meeting, it has been agreed to give 15 seats to Anupriya Patel’s own party. However, their demand was much higher than the 35 to 30 seats. Earlier in 2017, Apna Dal was given 11 seats in alliance with BJP and out of which the party won 9 seats.