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“Pichda, Dalit and Musalman”: AIMIM ties up With Apna Dal (K) in UP for Lok Sabha polls

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and Apna Dal (Kamerawadi) announced an alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha elections on Sunday.

Two parties floated the PDM Nyay Morcha, calling it a front to bring justice to Pichda (backwards), Dalits and Muslims. This is similar to PDA — an acronym for Pichda, Dalit and Alpasankhyak (minorities) — coined by the former Apna Dal (K) ally Samajwadi Party.

Apna Dal (K) leader Pallavi Patel along with her mother Krishna Patel, AIMIM chief Owaisi and leaders of other political parties held a joint press conference to announce the formation of the PDM Nyay Morcha.

Premchand Bind’s Pragatisheel Manav Samaj Party and Rashtriya Uday Party are also included in the alliance.

The Apna Dal (K) is a faction of the Apna Dal founded by OBC leader Dr Sonelal Patel, who died in 2009. Recently, the Samajwadi Party called off its ties with Apna Dal (Kameravadi) amid the differences between the alliance partners that had been playing out in public for a long time.

Pallavi Patel said that Owaisi can look after the interests of Muslims better than SP chief Yadav.

Pallavi Patel told PTI news agency that it was SP chief Akhilesh Yadav who said that the alliance with Apna Dal was for the 2022 Assembly elections, and not for the Lok Sabha polls.

“We were invited by the Congress to be a part of the INDIA alliance and they should have made it clear whether we are a part of the INDIA bloc or not? But the Congress did not take much interest,” Pallavi Patel said.

“Without this (PDM) ‘morcha’, no government will be formed in the country,” Pallavi Patel told reporters.

Currently, Pallavi Patel is an SP MLA from the Sirathu Assembly constituency in Kaushambi district.

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