New Delhi: Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad on Sunday entered the political fray by forming Azad Samaj Party. The announcement was made by him in Basai village of Sector-70 in Noida by taking the oath of the Constitution. The announcement to launch the new political party was done on the birth anniversary of Bahujan Samaj Party founder Kanshi Ram. Also Read - Bharat Bandh Today: Bhim Army Led by Chandrashekhar Azad to Protest Against SC Ruling on Reservation in Promotions

As per updates, a large number of Bhim Army supporters and workers were present during the event. Moreover, 28 ex-MLAs and six former MPs also attended the event and took the oath. However, it was not officially confirmed.

During the event, he also launched the party flag — a white band between two blue stripes with Azad Samaj Party written in the middle.

While forming the new party, he said that the Bhim Army will run parallel to the party and will continue to fight for Dalit rights.

Ahead of the event, Bhim Army members alleged that the police have locked the gates of the venue and posted a notice: “Event cannot be held as large gatherings are prohibited in view of coronavirus”. The gate was, however, opened later.

Azad, who came to limelight during clashes between Thakurs and Dalits in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur in May 2017, had filed nomination against PM Modi from Varanasi during the 2019 general elections, but he withdrew it later.

Last year, he was arrested by Delhi police for inciting violence during an anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act march in Delhi.