NDA allies Apna Dal, SBSP to boycott PM Modi’s events

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New Delhi, Dec 29: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Varanasi and Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, the NDA allies Apna Dal, SBSP have decided to boycott the events.

PM Modi will address a public rally at the RTI ground in Ghazipur and to release a commemorative postal stamp on the Rajbhar community icon Raja Suheldev.

In Varanasi, he will inaugurate the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) on the campus of National Seed Research and Training Centre (NSRTC).

However, senior cabinet minister in the Yogi Adityanath government and SBSP chief Om Prakash Rajbhar, who is also an MLA from Zahoorabad assembly constituency in the Ghazipur district, said that he will not attend the prime minister’s programme.

“I will not attend the December 29 programme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ghazipur,” Rajbhar had stated a few days ago.

Meanwhile, Another NDA ally Apna Dal said that its leader will also skip the programmes.

Apna Dal’s Mirzapur MP Anupriya Patel, who is also part of the Union cabinet, said she stands by the remarks of her husband and party supremo Ashish Patel, who had expressed his frustration with the saffron party over its “treatment” of smaller NDA allies.

Earlier in a day, Patel alleged that arrogant attitude of BJP UP leaders is insulting weaker sections of society.

“Till matter is not solved,will not be part of any Govt progs in UP,even today’s(PM’s event in Ghazipur). Confident that BJP Chief Amit Shah will hear us out”, he told media and urged the Prime Minister to intervene into the matter.

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