Apna Dal

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Secretary-General Anupriya Patel
Founder Dr.Sone Lal Patel
Founded 4 November 1995
Ideology Social Justice for All, Women Empowerment, Inclusive Governance
ECI Status State Party[1]
Alliance NDA
Seats in Lok Sabha
2 / 545
Election symbol
Politics of India
Political parties

Apna Dal, is an Indian political party from the state of Uttar Pradesh. It was launched by Dr.Sone Lal Patel, and has a following among the Other Backward Caste, and has one member in the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha. Apna Dal is founded in 4 November 1995. The Flag of Apna Dal has two colours, orange and blue. The upper hald is orange and the bottom hald is blue. It is a party of all caste and religion. Apna Dal organized its first maharally at Beniyabag in Varanasi where lacs of people were present. On 23 August 1999 police attacked on hundred workers of Apna Dal. [2]

Dr. Sonelal Patel, an associate of Kanshi Ram, was one of the founders of the Bahujan Samaj Party, but developed differences with Mayawati and formed his own party in the early 2000s. In 2002 mafia don turned politician[3] Atiq Ahmed won in the state elections from Allahabad.[4] However, the party failed to win any seats in the Indian general election, 2009 or Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, 2007.

In October 2009, Dr. Sone Lal Patel died in a car crash and the future of the party became uncertain. But Anupriya Patel, Sone's daughter, took the responsibility to carry forward the party and its ideologies. [5]

2012 elections[edit]

In the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, 2012, Anupriya Patel, daughter of Dr. Sone Lal Patel won the assembly election seat from Rohania, Varanasi.[6] The party tied up with other smaller groups such as the Peace Party of India.

The party has been officially assigned the Cup Soucer as its symbol for contesting elections.[7]

2014 Lok Sabha elections[edit]

On 25 March 2014, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) announced an alliance with Apna Dal.[8] It was further announced that Apna Dal will contest two seats in Mirzapur and Pratapgarh under the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and it will extend support to the BJP for the remaining constituencies in Uttar Pradesh. Apna Dal won both of the above seats in 2014 General Lok Sabha election.[9]

Rakesh Kumar Verma (alias R. K. Verma) won a Vishwanathganj assembly constituency seat in the by-election that was held with the parliamentary elections of 2014.