Lucknow: Hours after Nishad Party chief Sanjay Nishad announced to part ways with the SP-BSP alliance and held talks with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav named the party's candidates for Gorakhpur and Kanpur Lok Sabha constituencies. Both the candidates belong to the Nishad community.
The SP candidate from Gorakhpur is Rambhual Nishad who has been a two-time MLA from Kaudiram Assembly seat which he lost in 2012. Rambhual was with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) before, and was also a fisheries minister. Hailing from Badhalganj in Gorakhpur, Rambhual is said to command a significant influence in the Nishad community.
The other candidate announced by the SP is for the Kanpur Lok Sabha seat. The Kanpur candidate is Ram Kumar Nishad, who is a lawyer by profession. He is also the former MLA from the Unnao Sadar Assembly seat. Ram Kumar's father, Manohar Lal, was a Rashtriya Lok Dal MP from Kanpur. His brother Deepak was also elected an MP from the Unnao constituency in 1999.
The SP’s list came at a time when the sitting SP MP from Gorakhpur, Pravin Nishad, who emerged as a giant killer defeating the BJP in Adityanath’s home turf, gave signs of switching sides to the BJP on Friday evening.
The Nishad Party on Friday said that it was free to “look for other options.” During Sanjay’s meeting with Adityanath, his son and the incumbent Gorakhpur MP was also present, as was UP minister Siddharth Nath Singh.
The meeting has triggered speculations that the two parties would soon enter into a deal, however, no announcement has been made yet. Announcing the end of the alliance with the SP-BSP, Sanjay said Yadav had said he would make an announcement on the seats from which his party would contest.
“But they didn’t put our name on any poster or letter. My party workers were upset with this. So the Nishad Party has taken a decision today that we are not with the 'gathbandhan’ anymore,” he told News18.
It was just two days ago that the Nishad (Nirbal Indian Shoshit Hamara Aam Dal) Party in a press conference in Lucknow had announced that it would join the grand opposition alliance in the state.