Eight smaller political parties joined hands to form Ekta Manch under which they will field candidates in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. At a press conference held in Lucknow, Quami Ekta Dal president and former MP Afzal Ansari, along with the chiefs of Bhartiya Samaj Party, Mahan Dal, Rashtriya Parivartan Dal, Phoolan Sena, Janwadi Party and others announced the alliance.

The leaders later announced that they would contest all the 80 Lok Sabha seats under this banner. While five political parties have already contested assembly polls, three new comers like Phoolan Sena, Dalit Mahasangh and Sarvajan Vikas Party, would make their debut in the electoral battle with general elections.

In 2012 Assembly elections, the QED, with five other smaller parties under the banner of Ekta Manch, had put up candidates on 43 seats and won two.

Eyeing on the Extremely Backward Class voters, the Manch may pose a serious challenge to the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.

Ekta Manch consists of leaders belonging to Muslim, Yadav, Chauhan, Bind, Nishad, Kushwaha and other castes. They would soon nominate the candidates who would contest 2014 polls under Ekta Manch.

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party is leaving no stone unturned to woo extremely backward castes ahead of general elections.


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