Patel joined BSP in a rally held in Banda in presence of BSP national general secretary Naseemuddin Siddiqui, who announced his candidature from the Banda seat.

Patel had been denied a ticket for the Lok Sabha polls by SP, which has fielded Shyama Charan Gupta from the seat.

Patel said he joined BSP as he had faith in the ideology of the party.


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