BJP ally Apna Dal (Sonelal) today called the planned visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Mirzapur, the seat held by the party in the Lok Sabha, as a sign of further cementing of the ties between the two NDA partners.
With barely a year to go before the next Lok Sabha polls, Apna Dal (S) has indicated that it is sticking with the BJP.
"In fact, we have been able to transfer our votes to the BJP, which proved to be an important factor in gaining the mandate both during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and also during the 2017 UP Assembly elections," he added.
"The cementing of ties between the BJP and the AD(S) can be gauged from the fact that senior AD(S) leader Anupriya Patel has been sharing the stage with prominent leaders including BJP chief Amit Shah and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, he said.
He said the PM's July 15 visit to Mirzapur will further cement ties between the two allies.
"The fact that senior leaders of the BJP attend programmes organized by our party indicates that we are a trusted ally of the BJP. We will strengthen the NDA and all future steps will be taken keeping this in mind," he said.
In the 2017, UP Assembly elections, the BJP won 312 out of the 403 seat in the House and AD(S) bagged nine of the 11 seats it contested.
Another BJP ally, the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, got four seats.
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