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BJP Asked Us To Prepare A Roadmap For Seat-Sharing: Sanjay Nishad

LUCKNOW, Uttar Pradesh – The 2022 UP Assembly Election will be a test for smaller parties like the Nishad Party and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party, as both have made bold claims about their influence in their respective communities and believe that caste politics will dominate the state election rather than issues related to development, law and order and polarisation.

Dr Sanjay Nishad, the national president of the Nishad Party, met with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Jagat Prakash (JP) Nadda and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday at Shah’s residence in New Delhi.

The Nishad community, a fishing community, which falls in the Other Backward Classes (OBC) in UP, has been demanding to be reclassified as a Scheduled Caste. In June 2019, the Yogi Adityanath government included 17 communities belonging to the OBCs in the Scheduled Castes list including the Nishad community. This move was stayed by the Allahabad High Court on the grounds that the UP government did not have the power to do so.

In an interview with India Ahead on Friday, Nishad said, “It was a positive meeting. We had a discussion on several issues related to the Nishad community with the core leadership of the BJP. We are optimistic that the BJP will fulfill all our demands soon. An assurance was given to us by the top leadership of the party.”

The Nishad community has a strong presence on 160 assembly seats out of a total of 403 in Uttar Pradesh. In the 2017 UP Assembly election, the party only managed to win from the Gyanpur constituency of Bhadohi district after contesting a total of 62 seats.

On the number of seats that the Nishad Party will contest in the state election, Nishad said that the decision related to seat-sharing will be taken after a survey done by both parties.

Nishad said that his party has booth-level preparedness on 70 seats and has the ability to win these seats.

“Seat sharing is not an issue. Our focus is to resolve the issues related to the Nishad community,” said Nishad. “The decision related to seats will be taken up in the next meeting soon. If we form the government, our party will work with BJP for the welfare of Uttar Pradesh.”

“In the past years, we used to ask for seats, but this is the first time that a national (party) – JP Nadda said – ‘on which seats can you win on your symbol.’ Prepare a roadmap,” he said.

Watch the full interview here.

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