New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Om Prakash Rajbhar has warned BJP that the party will pay dearly in 2019 Lok Sabha elections if they ignore poor. Addressing a public gathering in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh, Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) leader said, “Poor will not vote if you do not work for them. Keep Gorakhpur, Phulpur, Kairana and Noorpur result in mind.” Also Read - 27% OBC Reservation Will be Introduced in Sainik Schools From Next Year

In a stunning blow to the BJP, the party in March lost Lok Sabha bypolls to its bastion Gorakhpur and Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh. Buffeted by the surprise defeat, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had attributed it to “overconfidence” of the party. “We failed to understand the implications of this alliance between Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party that are as different as chalk and cheese in the middle of the elections as part of the bargain for the Rajya Sabha elections,” he had said. Also Read - Kulgam Killing: Coward Pakistanis Will Pay Heavy Price, Each of Them Will be Neutralised, Says J&K BJP Chief

Earlier also, Rajbhar had warned that the BJP will have to pay in the elections if the opposition parties join hands. 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 had said.

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.

Rajbhar had hit headlines after he claimed that Yadavs and Rajputs consume the most amount of alcohol. Rajbhar spearheads the backward classes’ welfare portfolio in the UP Cabinet and a Bharatiya Janata Party ally- Suheldev Bharatiya Party.

He had been in a controversy earlier regarding his criticism of the performance of the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh. He had publicly criticised Yogi Adityanath’s style of running the administration and for “failing to control corruption” in the state.