Lucknow: After a lot of dithering and in what could affect the fortunes of its ally in the Lok Sabha elections, Suheldeo Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) has parted ways with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Party chief and minister O P Rajbhar said, “The BJP was pressuring me to fight on its symbol. I told them I will fight on my own symbol even if it means contesting from just one seat. Now, my party will contest from 25 seats.”
An upset Rajbhar had offered to hand over the charge of the backward class welfare department to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as he claimed his recommendations were “ignored”.
While the CM did not accept his offer, SBSP general secretary Arun Rajbhar had said, “If the BJP does not agree to the demands raised by us, we will definitely part ways with them.”
He also said, “We can even go with the anti-BJP alliance if the need arises. A number of talks have been held with them. This is the last warning.”
Later, in an attempt to placate the ally, hours before the Election Commission of India (ECI) released the polls’ schedule, the state government appointed about 75 leaders as chairpersons and members of almost two dozen autonomous boards, commissions and corporations in UP. The new appointees included leaders belonging to the BJP allies.
Rajbhar’s son Arvind was anointed the chairman of the UP Laghu Udyog Nigam Limited, while nearly half a dozen party leaders and supporters were adjusted elsewhere.