Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party chief Om Prakash Rajbhar dismisses claims of joining BJP

The SBSP had fought the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls with the BJP, but severed ties with the saffron party as Rajbhar quit the Yogi Adityanath cabinet before the 2019 general elections.

Published: 20th March 2022 04:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th March 2022 04:20 PM   |  A+A-

Former Uttar Pradesh Minister and SBSP chief Om Prakash Rajbhar (Photo | PTI)

Former Uttar Pradesh Minister and SBSP chief Om Prakash Rajbhar (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

LUCKNOW: Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief Om Prakash Rajbhar on Sunday dismissed claims of joining former ally BJP in Uttar Pradesh and meeting Amit Shah, saying neither did he go to Delhi, nor meet anyone.

The claims were made on social media on Saturday that Rajbhar had met Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Shah in the national capital. The SBSP had fought the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls with the BJP, but severed ties with the saffron party as Rajbhar quit the Yogi Adityanath cabinet before the 2019 general elections.

In 2022, the SBSP fought the Uttar Pradesh polls as part of the Samajwadi Party-led alliance, which lost at the hustings. "The news (of SBSP joining hands with the BJP) is baseless. Neither did I go to Delhi, nor meet anyone. We are with the Samajwadi Party, and have started preparations for the upcoming urban local bodies elections in the state," Rajbhar told reporters here.

SBSP national general secretary and spokesperson Arun Rajbhar told PTI, "There is no question of aligning with the BJP. The photo doing rounds on social media is an old photo. An attempt is being made so that we may align with the BJP. We are with the Samajwadi Party and will contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections with them."

In the 2022 polls, the BJP won 255 of the 403 assembly seats in the state, while the Samajwadi Party got 111. The SBSP bagged six, two seats more than what it got in 2017 as a ally of the BJP.



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