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Nishad Party
LeaderSanjay Nishad
IdeologyNishads Interest
Political positionCentre-left
Colours Maroon
ECI Statusregistered unrecognized party
AllianceNational Democratic Alliance
Seats in Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha
6 / 403
Seats in Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Parishad
1 / 100

The Nirbal Indian Shoshit Hamara Aam Dal is a political party in India. It was founded in 2016. The Nishad Party was formed for empowerment of Nishad, Kewats, Bind, Mallah, Sahani, Kashyap, Gond communities whose traditional occupations centred on rivers, such as boatmen or fishermen. Its founder is Sanjay Nishad, a former member of the Bahujan Samaj Party. According to Nishad, a separate party representing these communities was essential as although they had played an integral role in the victories of BSP and Samajwadi Party[1][2][3][4]

The Nishad Party ran 100 candidates in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election in alliance with Peace Party of India, the Apna Dal and the Jan Adhikar Party.[2] In the election swept by the BJP, the NISHAD party won only the Gyanpur constituency.[5] Party leader Sanjay Nishad came third in Gorakhpur Rural polling 35,000 votes.[6]

For the 2018 by-elections to Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seats, Samajwadi Party united with several smaller parties, including Nishad Party, to extend its social base beyond Yadavs and Muslims. Sanjay Nishad's son, Praveen Kumar Nishad was selected as the Samajwadi candidate in Gorakhpur, where the Nishad community is the second-largest demographic group.[6][7] In a major upset, Praveen Nishad wrested the seat from BJP, which had not lost the seat since 1989. The victory margin was 21,000 votes.[8]

In the recently concluded 2022 UP State Election, Nishad party fought in alliance with BJP and won 6 seats.[9][10]


  1. Mishra, Pranshu (2 March 2017). "Nishad and Peace Party Alliance May Spoil BJP, SP, BSP Fortunes in East UP". News18. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Smita Gupta (28 February 2017). "Nishad Party's idea of power". The Hindu.
  3. As polls draw to a close, Nishads may consolidate under ‘own party’
  4. Why Gorakhpur's river communities could drown SP, BJP & BSP
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Gorakhpur: NISHAD candidate to fight on SP symbol". Economic Times. 19 February 2018.
  7. Aviral Virk. "UP Bypolls: Consolidating Nishad Vote Key to Winning Gorakhpur". The Quint.
  8. "How 29-year-old Praveen Kumar Nishad shook off 29-year hold of BJP in Gorakhpur". Times of India. 15 March 2018.
  9. "निषाद पार्टी के अध्यक्ष संजय निषाद भी बने मंत्री, हैं विधान परिषद के सदस्य". आज तक (in हिन्दी). Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  10. "UP Election Result: भाजपा के साथ से मिली पहचान, मिला चौथे नंबर की पार्टी का मान...जानिए कैसे बदल गई निषाद पार्टी". Navbharat Times (in हिन्दी). Retrieved 21 April 2022.

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