Apna Dal (Sonelal)

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Apna Dal (Sonelal)
Abbreviation ADS
President Ashish Singh Patel
Spokesperson Durgesh patel
Parliamentary Chairperson Anupriya Patel
Lok Sabha leader Anupriya Patel
Founder Jawahar Lal Patel
Founded 14 December 2016 (18 months ago) (2016-12-14)
Headquarters Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Ideology Social Justice for All, Women Empowerment, Inclusive Governance
Colours Orange/Blue
ECI Status State Party
Alliance NDA (2016-Present)
Seats in Lok Sabha
2 / 545
[1](currently 533 members + 1 Speaker)
Seats in UP Assembly
9 / 403

Apna Dal (Sonelal) is an Indian political party active in the Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh. The party finds its support base mainly among the OBC communities of the Varanasi-Mirzapur region.

Anupriya Patel currently is the Minister of State for Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.


The Apna Dal (Sonelal) is a breakaway party of Apna Dal which was founded in 1995 by Dr. Sone Lal Patel, a politician belonging to the Kurmi caste. Apna Dal (Sonelal) founded by Jawahar Lal Patel who was also founding member of Apna Dal and had the backing of Anupriya Patel.[2][3][4]

After winning the election to parliament from Mirzapur, Anupriya Patel Singh resigned her state assembly seat and therefore a by-election from Rohaniya became necessary. Anupriya wanted that her husband, Ashish Singh, should be made the party candidate for the by-election. However, the Apna Dal's governing body, headed by her mother Krishna Patel, decided that Krishna Patel should herself be the candidate and Anupriya and six of her associates were expelled from the party. The dispute between Krishna Patel and Anupriya Patel over the party is still in court.[5][6][7][8]

Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election, 2017

As part of the National Democratic Alliance, Apna Dal (Sonelal) contested Uttar Pradesh elections with the Bhartiya Janata Party and won 9 seats with 851,336 votes. Jamuna Prasad won the Soraon constituency with 77814 votes. [9][10][11][12]


  1. ^ "Members: Lok Sabha". loksabha.nic.in. Lok Sabha Secretariat. Retrieved 18 July 2018. 
  2. ^ Apna Dal (S) registered, has the backing of Anupriya Patel
  3. ^ BJP's ally Apna Dal (S) too faces workers' wrath in Kashi
  4. ^ Uttar Pradesh: Sparring Apna Dal ‘splits’
  5. ^ Apna Dal(S) announces 1st list of 5 candidates for UP polls
  6. ^ Like in SP, it was mom vs daughter in UP’s Apna Dal
  7. ^ As Anupriya Patel Becomes Minister, UP Ally Apna Dal Says Goodbye To BJP
  8. ^ At Apna Dal rally in PM Modi’s constituency, Amit Shah chief guest
  9. ^ AD(S), BJP `resolve' seat sharing dispute
  10. ^ BJP and Apna Dal will contest polls together, says Anupriya Patel
  11. ^ AD(S), BJP ‘resolve’ seat sharing dispute
  12. ^ Upset with BJP, AD(S) to field its candidates

External links

  • Media related to Apna Dal at Wikimedia Commons
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