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Apna Dal Party (India)

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[Apna Dal Party Flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 20 November 2016

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Description of the flag

Apna Dal was founded in 1995 by breakaway members of Bahujan Samaj Party and is active mainly in the state of Uttar Pradesh [1, 2]. Its flag is an orange-blue horizontal bicolor [1, 3, 4, 5, 6]. On many photos, blue looks more like purple [7, 8, 9], which does not conform the official description [1]; the reasons for this are not clear, but might be related to the picture taking conditions, or the blue dye changing due to exposure to different weather or being applied to the fabric over the orange dye. The flags may also be charged with additional inscriptions in white, or by printed reproductions of party leaders' photos [5, 6, 7, 8, 9]. As in the flag of Bahujan Samaj Party blue stands for the low castes and Dalits ("untouchables") and is combined with orange, which symbolizes Hinduism to denote the party as intended to support all castes [2].

[1] Apna Dal website:
[2] Apna Dal at Wikipedia:
[3] Varanasi View blog:
[4] Media gallery by S. K. Patel at Twitter:
[5] Amar Ujala website:
[6] The Hindu newspaper website:
[7] 1 News India website:
[8] Live VNS website:
[9] United News of India website:

Tomislav Todorovic, 20 November 2016