A senior Bharatiya Janata Party functionary admitted that some party leaders were in talks with the disgruntled SBSP legislators.
Powerful liquor lobby influencing Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, alleges sacked Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar
Yogi Adityanath's silence on a liquor ban was the trigger point in the ongoing tussle between Rajbhar and BJP, he said.
Governor Ram Naik accepted the recommendation and relieved Rajbhar from his post of Backward Class Welfare and Divyangjan Empowerment Minister, an official spokesperson said in Lucknow.
SBSP chief Om Prakash Rajbhar predicted that the saffron party will only win 15 seats in Uttar Pradesh.
Last month, Rajbhar submitted his resignation from the Yogi Adityanath's BJP-led ministry, but it is yet to be accepted.
Former BJP ally Om Prakash Rajbhar is vigorously campaigning against the BJP in constituencies where he holds sway as the BSP contest 10 out of the 14 seats.
Om Prakash Rajbhar said that he had waited long enough for the BJP to decide on seat sharing with SBSP but the ruling party kept postponing a decision.
The party is fighting alone in 39 constituencies for the Lok Sabha election after talks with the saffron party fell through.
The minister had said he would, however, continue to be in charge of the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Department.
Rajbhar, a BJP ally and chief of Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), has been at loggerhead with the BJP leadership and has been critical of CM Yogi over a number of issues since assuming charge.
Will hand over backward class welfare deptartments's charge to Yogi Adityanath, says disgruntled Om Prakash Rajbhar
Rajbhar said he would, however, continue to be in charge of the empowerment of persons with disabilities department.
Om Prakash Rajbhar has been making sharp statements against the BJP and had recently threatened to walk out of the National Democratic Alliance.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his ministerial colleagues took a dip in the Sangam on Tuesday after holding a cabinet meeting in Allahabad.
On whether he would participate in the future cabinet meetings, the minister said it would depend on the course of action adopted by the Adityanath government on the matter raised by him.
The SBSP, which enjoys considerable support among the Rajbhar community, is part of the BJP-led coalition government in Uttar Pradesh.