Apna Dal (Sonelal)
Apna Dal (Sonelal) (Hindi: अपना दल (सोनेलाल)) 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.
|President||Anupriya Singh Patel|
|Parliamentary Chairperson||Anupriya Patel|
|Lok Sabha leader||Anupriya Patel|
|Founder||Jawahar Lal Patel|
|Founded||14 December 2016|
|Headquarters||Village - Atrampur Nawabganj, Allahabad district, Uttar Pradesh|
|Colours||Orange / Blue|
|ECI Status||State Party|
|Alliance||NDA (2016 – present)|
|Seats in Lok Sabha|
2 / 543
|Seats in Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly|
9 / 403
|Seats in Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council|
1 / 100
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.
After winning the election to parliament seat from Mirzapur, Anupriya Patel resigned her state assembly seat and therefore a by-election from Rohaniya became necessary. Anupriya wanted that her husband, Ashish Singh Patel, should be made the party candidate for the by-election.
However, the Apna Dal's governing body, headed by her mother Krishna Singh, decided that Krishna Singh should herself be the candidate. This was intended to limit the influence of Anupriya and her husband in party affairs, where they were taking charge of all matters without any invitation or authorization, which was resented by Krishna Singh and her younger daughter. In the by-election which was held in October 2014, Anupriya not only failed to campaign for her mother, but allegedly also worked actively to ensure her defeat.
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.
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. Apna Dal (Sonelal) had won more seats than Indian National Congress who won only 7 seats. 
Lok Sabha electionEdit
- "(UPDATED LIST OF PARTIES & SYMBOLS As per main Notification dated 13.04.2018 As on 09.03.2019" (PDF). India: Election Commission of India. 2019. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
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- AD(S), BJP `resolve' seat sharing dispute
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- AD(S), BJP ‘resolve’ seat sharing dispute
- Upset with BJP, AD(S) to field its candidates
- "Lok Sabha Profile". Govt of India. 2009. Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
- Media related to Apna Dal at Wikimedia Commons