New Delhi: On a day when the BJP is holding its national executive meeting to prepare the roadmap for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and the upcoming Assembly polls in four states, a minister under the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has warned that the party will have to pay dearly in the elections if the opposition parties join hands. Also Read - 'Arnab Has Competition': Jyotiradtiya Scindia Delivers Fiery Speech After Imarti Devi Breaks Down, Trolled For 'Overacting' | Watch
Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) leader Om Prakash Rajbhar, who is the Minister of Department of Backward Classes Welfare and the Department of Disabled People Development in Uttar Pradesh, said that the BJP will have a tough time to win elections if a grand alliance is formed by the Opposition. Also Read - Will Convert All State-Run Madrasas Into a General School: Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma
“This is a harsh reality that if the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Congress join hands, the BJP would have a tough time,” he said. Also Read - Babita Phogat Casts Vote, Vows to Promote Sports if Elected
However, Rajbhar did not clarify whether he meant the grand alliance for the Lok Sabha polls, which is due to 2019, or the state assembly polls. The Uttar Pradesh assembly polls were held in 2017.
The minister further said that he has not gained anything from the BJP, despite requesting multiple times for an office for party activities.
Rajbhar has made headlines earlier as well for criticising the BJP.
Last month, the Uttar Pradesh minister, in a veiled attack on the state government, had said that renaming Mughalsarai Railway station as Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Junction would not help spur development or ensure that trains run as per schedule.
(With ANI inputs)