Apna Dal chief and Union Minister Anupriya Patel says voters have confirmed again and again that she is the ‘genuine occasion’
Apna Dal chief and Union Minister Anupriya Patel speaks to The Hindu’s Nistula Hebbar on Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and points associated to them.
How are you these elections, particularly after the exit of ten MLAs from the Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) to the Samajwadi Celebration (SP)? Do you assume the caste mixture that propelled the Nationwide Democratic Alliance (NDA) to energy within the 2014, 2017 and 2019 polls continues to be intact?
I don’t wish to deny the truth that leaders like Swamy Prasad Maurya–ji and Dara Singh Chauhan-ji are outstanding faces, they’re influential folks. Nevertheless, I at all times keep that the movement of MLAs and Ministers from one occasion to a different proper earlier than the elections isn’t taken very effectively by widespread voters. Voters perceive that such switch-overs are guided extra by political advantages moderately than issue-based politics. If there was a critical challenge with the occasion the place they [those who left] served as Minister or MLA, they may have made the transfer a lot earlier than polls. If you happen to do it getting ready to the polls, then it’s extra possible that you’ve doubts about retaining your personal seats and also you go to a different occasion to extend your probabilities of profitable. That’s how I see it.
You’ve been a gradual ally of the BJP since 2014. How do you negotiate this relationship with a a lot bigger, stronger occasion?
After we are in an alliance, each companions have to regulate with one another. It can’t be one-sided. We’re the smaller party to the BJP however there isn’t any event the place we’ve got kept away from elevating points which pertain to the ideology of social justice adopted by the Apna Dal. These considerations have been attended to and resolved periodically.
For instance, the problem of OBC (Different Backward Class) reservations in NEET (Nationwide Eligibility cum Entrance Check) examinations — I raised it within the NDA assembly and spoke to the BJP’s prime management. Critical consideration was paid to it by the honourable Prime Minister and the matter was resolved.
The All India Judicial Companies is a matter we maintain elevating with our alliance companions, and we see there may be an intent [there] too. Let’s see what occurs. We have now additionally been elevating the demand for a separate OBC Ministry, and of elevating the ‘creamy layer’ restrict in OBC reservations to as much as ₹15 lakh each year earnings, as per the advice of the Parliamentary Committee on this.
We don’t chorus from articulating our considerations, and there’s a mutual adjustment.
You’re additionally going through a familial challenge with the Apna Dal (Ok) led by your mom allied with the SP. Isn’t it awkward for you?
In no way, by no means. After my father handed away, I used to be given the reins of my occasion by my partymen solely. I wasn’t any person who claimed it by myself. And I believe the occasion has had an attractive journey because the time I’ve been on the helm. My folks have stood behind me. Sure, there’s a slight disturbance, however each time the election outcomes have proven, and additionally, you will recognize that, the Apna Dal voter has caught with me. I don’t wish to make any tall claims however in these elections additionally you will notice that the voter shall be with me.
What’s your view in your sister Pallavi Patel contesting in opposition to Keshav Maurya in Sirathu?
That’s between the Apna Dal(Ok) and the SP, I’ve nothing to say. All I can say is that the NDA will win.
This time, you’ve additionally fielded a candidate in western Uttar Pradesh as a part of seat adjustment, from Suar, the place Haidar Ali, grandson of Congress veteran Begum Noor Bano, is developing in opposition to SP’s Azam Khan. Did the BJP ask you to take that seat or was it your choice?
It was my choice. I wish to develop Apna Dal throughout the size and breadth of the State and we requested for the seat. We discovered an acceptable candidate, a younger face, completely clear picture, and coming from a household that has a political legacy. Folks in Suar love him. It’s good to offer alternatives to children like him who’re promising and might change the best way issues are in a spot like Rampur, the place we’ve got seen what has been occurring in the previous few years. I’ve confidence in my candidate.