News Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi.
Published by: Yogesh Sahu
Updated Wed, 07 Jul 2021 07:10 PM IST
Before the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections in 2022, the Bharatiya Janata Party is busy in aligning its allies. In view of this, Anupriya Patel, the national president of NDA and BJP’s ally Apna Dal (S), has once again become a minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet.
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Speculations of Anupriya Patel joining the Modi cabinet were rife ever since she met Home Minister Amit Shah last month. Since the formation of the Modi government in 2019, she was trying to join the cabinet because she was not included in the cabinet even after the re-election in 2019. On the other hand, she was pressurizing to increase the representation of her party in the Yogi cabinet in Uttar Pradesh as well.
Apna Dal currently has nine MLAs in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly. It is said that she was insisting on the inclusion of her husband Ashish Patel in the Yogi cabinet. Ashish Patel has already been elected to the Legislative Council in 2018 with the support of the BJP. But he was not getting any positive reply from BJP.
Ignoring BJP leaders in their own area
On the contrary, it was also discussed that in his Lok Sabha constituency Mirzapur, BJP leaders and ministers are not listening to him. But like a good colleague, he did not make any statement against Modi-Yogi. Rather, in the next elections in Uttar Pradesh also assured to continue his alliance. Now that the elections are in Uttar Pradesh, Patel has got an opportunity to play his bet again, as Apna Dal is considered to have an important role in a particular area of Eastern Uttar Pradesh. Apna Dal has been an ally of the NDA since 2014.
The main face of the party formed after the death of the father
He is the main face of the party after the death of his father Sonelal Patel. The party was founded by Sonelal Patel in 1995. After his death in 2009, his wife Krishna Patel was made the national president and Anupriya was made the national general secretary. But gradually Anupriya is accused of ignoring her mother and calling herself the real heir of the party. There was a dispute between the mother and daughter regarding the right of the party and mother Krishna Patel parted ways with her faction.
Born on 28 April 1981, Anupriya holds an MBA degree from Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj University, Kanpur. She has also been a member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly in 2012. In the 2019 parliamentary elections, Apna Dal contested on two seats and won both the seats. Despite having two MPs, there was a lot of discussion in the political circles about giving him the post of minister.