Quami Ekta Dal merges with Samajwadi Party in UP

Quami Ekta Dal (QED), having two MLAs, today merged with ruling Samajwadi Party ahead of Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh due next year.

"QED has merged with SP which would strengthen the party," SP spokesman and senior Cabinet Minister Shivpal Yadav said after a press conference here.

QED President Afzal Ansari accused the Narendra Modi government of not fulfilling the promises made during the Lok Sabha polls.

"Two years of the Modi government is a failure and the issues raised by BJP during the polls were not taken care of after the formation of the government. There is an attempt to vitiate the atmosphere and brotherhood in the society and malign the image of the UP government," he said.

"We have merged as we did not want to act like vote cutters in the Assembly polls," he said.

In a meeting held in Ghazipur on Saturday, QED said that like-minded parties should come on a common platform to deal with communla forces.

All the party office-bearers had authorised Ansari to decide on the issue of merger with SP for the Assembly polls.

Asked about non-inclusion of controversial West UP leader DP Yadav in SP in 2012, Yadav said the party did not even want to hear names of those involved in criminal activities.

The SP leader said that there had been no discussion with QED MLA Mukhtar Ansari, who is at present lodged in jail.

"At present only those here are joining SP. We did not have any discussion with Mukthar," he said.

QED has two MLAs--Mukhtar Ansari from Mau Sadar and Sigbatullaha Ansari from Mohammadabad Yusufpur seat. Afzal, Mukthar and Sigbatullaha are brothers.

QED also claimed that it has hold over Muslim vote bank in the state.

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel