The ongoing family feud in the Apna Dal took its first toll Monday as party national president Krishna Patel removed her daughter and Mirzapur MP Anupriya Patel from the post of national general secretary on charges of “indiscipline and unconstitutional acts”.
In a statement, Krishna Patel said “the ambitions of Anupriya and her husband Ashish Kumar Singh” has brought both the family and the Apna Dal “at a crossroad”.
“Anupriya had been warned on previous occasions. But due to personal ambitions of Anupriya and her husband Ashish Kumar Singh, party workers who have been with the Apna Dal for 18-19 years are being disrespected. On October 20, Anupriya assumed all powers of the state president in my absence and (over the past few weeks) unconstitutionally expelled many party workers, including the state president. She claimed to the media that she is the final authority in the party,” Krishna said.
In a statement issued late on Monday, Anupriya refuted all of Krishna’s allegations point-by-point. “Some self-serving persons in the family and the party want to break the Apna Dal-BJP alliance,” she told The Indian Express. She added that a party meeting will be called within a week to decide on the future course.
On Monday, The Indian Express had reported that owing to differences within the family, Anupriya had decided to skip the party’s foundation day celebrations in Varanasi. She has, instead, chosen to participate in a similar programme in Allahabad.
Krishna cited this as one the reasons behind removing Anupriya from her post.
“As soon as she became an MLA (in 2012), she started behaving tyrannically and also designated herself as chief general secretary, instead of general secretary, which led to a feeling of insecurity among other general secretaries,” Krishna said. Krishna also claimed that Anupriya had threatened to merge the party with the BJP if she was not allowed to contest Lok Sabha elections this year. Already an MLA from Rohaniya, Anupriya won the election from Mirzapur. Krishna had then unsuccessfully contested the byelections to Rohaniya, losing out to the SP.
“Subsequently, when party workers from all over the state started working for our victory in Rohaniya, Anupriya and Ashish formed a new national committee and jeopardised my chances by handing them the responsibility of the campaign,” Krishna claimed.