Pramod Patel, Kurmi face of SP, joins Cong

  • | Sunday | 26th November, 2023

LUCKNOW: Congress partys effort to consolidate Kurmi votes in UP ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections cost another leader to the Samajwadi Party with Pramod Patel joining the grand old party on Saturday.A prominent Kurmi face, Pramod followed the footsteps of SPs former national general secretary Ravi Prakash Verma who joined the Congress a few weeks ago.Pramod is the son of late Jang Bahadur Singh Patel, one of the founder members of the SP who worked closely with late Mulayam Singh Yadav. He had contested Lok Sabha elections on SP ticket. Pramod claimed that he changed sides because state of affairs in the SP had reached a point of no return. "It is impossible to meet the party president... he lives in a coterie and those guarding that core have no regard for any one," Pramod said after joing the Congress in the presence of state president Ajay Rai and legislative party leader Aradhana Mishra Mona. Congress Rajya Sabha MP Pramod Tewari was also present.The move assume significance as Kurmis happen to be one of the key OBC communities accounting for around 6% of the electorate. Social scientist and head of the political science department at the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Prof SK Pandey said Kurmis have been growing close to the NDA of late."BJP has been cultivating the Kurmi vote bank through its aspirational politics. At the same time, it allied with the Anupriya Patel-led Apna Dal (S), a Kurmi dominated party. The opposition players would try to dent the electoral base of the BJP," he said.

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  • Sunday | 26th November, 2023