Lok Sabha Election 2019: BJP gets a boost in Uttar Pradesh
Praveen, the son of party president Sanjay Nishad, joined the party in the presence of Union Minister JP Nadda.
"The entrance of the Nishad Party will impact several Lok Sabha seats in eastern, western and central Uttar Pradesh," Nadda said at a press conference at the party headquarters.
Nadda did not announce any seat-sharing pact with the new ally. He, however, signalled that Praveen may contest the Lok Sabha elections. "Since he is in electoral politics, he will contest the polls," he told reporters.
The Nishad Party severed its ties with SP-BSP-RLD 'Mahagathbandhan' in Uttar Pradesh on March 29, saying it will look for other options.
Praveen Nishad had defeated the BJP candidate from Gorakhpur, the home turf of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in the 2018 Lok Sabha by-elections.