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PM's Mirzapur visit will cement ties with BJP: Apna Dal(S)

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

BJP ally (Sonelal) today called the planned visit of 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.

is the only from faction, which also won nine seats in the state assembly election it fought along with the BJP.

Modi will be in on Sunday as part of a two-day eastern trip which begins tomorrow.

With barely a year to go before the next Lok Sabha polls, (S) has indicated that it is sticking with the BJP.

"(Sonelal) has proved to be a trusted ally of the BJP. We have been with the BJP through thick and thin," AD(S) told here.

"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 elections," he added.

He said even had recently termed AD(S) an "ideal coalition partner".

"The cementing of ties between the BJP and the AD(S) can be gauged from the fact that senior AD(S) leader has been sharing the stage with prominent leaders including and UP Yogi Adityanath, he said.

She is likely to share the stage with the in too," Sharma said.

He said the PM's July 15 visit to 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.

had paid homage to Anupriya Patel's father and Apna Dal stalwart on

Recently, too was in Mirzapur, where he also met

Her husband was elected unopposed to the in April along with 10 BJP candidates.

In the 2017, 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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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 17:00 IST
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